Responding to the needs of migrant and refugee populations

Reproductive and sexual health services need to be culturally responsive. The Culturally Responsive Reproductive and Sexual Health Project builds capacity of health professionals and strengthens health institutions. It seeks to increase health literacy and service accessibility, to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes for migrant and refugee populations.

We recognise that migrant and refugee background populations have diverse health needs that require tailored and culturally appropriate responses. Some health needs may be general such as sexual health literacy, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, or access to contraceptive choices. Other reproductive or sexual health needs may relate to specific experiences such as of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), forced marriage, torture and trauma, or sexual violence within migration pathways.

We work with all people of migrant backgrounds, whether they have lived in Australia short or long term. Our work is relevant to short term visitors such as students, tourists and people who may be travelling for business. People may have chosen to migrate to Australia, or may have experienced forced migration.  They may identify as refugees, or be born in Australia but identify as diaspora.

For further information or referrals, please contact our staff at or phone 07 3250 0240. 

Educational Opportunity

Health to Work
Health to Work is a project that supports people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who have an interest in working in the Queensland healthcare system. Successful applicants will be invited to attend health literacy workshops and health systems orientation in the Ipswich and Logan area. The outcome will be to increase competency in navigating health systems, sexual and reproductive health, and ...

Related Professional Education

Interpreters & Translators: Reproductive and sexual health in clinical settings
This full-day training will increase the competency and confidence of interpreters and translators in communicating with their clients in aspects of reproductive and sexual health. Participants will gain an understanding of working within the Australian health care system. The course will provide interpreters and translators with the tools for communicating with their clients about aspects of rep ...
Migrant and Refugee Reproductive and Sexual Health: Culturally Responsive Clinical Practice
This full-day training will increase the competency and confidence of health care professionals in communicating with patients from refugee and migrant backgrounds in aspects of reproductive and sexual health. Participants will use their own clinical knowledge and background and apply it to a range of migration experiences including temporary, transient, permanent and time-specific migration and ...