Workforce of multilingual health educators project (WOMHen)

Welcome to the WOMHEn project! 

There are 50 migrant and refugee women across Victoria who have been recruited to form a rapid response health workforce.

The health educators are based at the women’s health services across Victoria, and at our peak body, Gen Vic.

Women’s Health West is delighted to be part of this project.

Funded by the Working for Victoria initiative, the health educators are being trained by Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) to disseminate COVID-19 information and deliver multilingual health education in over 20 languages to migrant and refugee women.

About the Project 

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on migrant and refugee women, and their communities. We know that migrant and refugee women have expertise and insight, and that their experiences and understanding of their communities must shape the way we educate and respond to health issues and crises.

It’s this expertise that this project seeks to harness.

Women’s Health West’s health educators will be going out into the community to listen to refugee and migrant women.

We’ll be using the information they gather to develop resources and deliver health education that is effective, empowering and respectful.

What’s next?

We will be conducting numerous consultation sessions with communities in the west to hear about the health education and information that they feel is missing.

We will then be focusing on delivering education sessions based on the needs of the communities.