Responding to the needs of migrant and refugee populations

The Culturally Responsive Reproductive and Sexual Health Project builds the capacity of professionals and services to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

We recognise that people from migrant and refugee backgrounds 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/circumcision/cutting (FGM/C), torture and trauma, or sexual violence within migration pathways.

People from migrant backgrounds may include refugees, international students, tourists, travellers as well as the children of migrants.

The project’s reproductive and sexual health education materials, resources, and training is reviewed by the Culturally Responsive Health Advisory Group. The Advisory Group is comprised of various health and/or migrant and refugee sector professionals and focuses on accuracy, representation, and ethical issues.

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

Related education

Face-to-face courses

Online learning

Culturally Responsive Health in Clinical Settings webinars
Communicating about reproductive and sexual health with refugees and migrants
Interpreter and Translator webinars
These webinars will provide you with the tools for communicating with clients and clinicians about aspects of reproductive and sexual health.
Interpreters & Translators: Contraception Choices And Pregnancy Options
This course facilitates participants to understand key terms and cultural considerations during contraception choices and pregnancy options consultations. It includes a 90-minute, live, online session; 30 minutes pre- and post-assessment sessions; and a discussion forum with an online tutor after t ...
Migrant and Refugee LGBTIQ+ Cultural Safety online module
This online module is for service providers (including health professionals, community workers, and interpreters) to gain awareness and develop strategies for creating culturally safer environments for people from migrant and refugee background who are also gender and/or sexuality diverse (or LGBTIQ ...
Responding to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting/Circumcision
This online course gives an introduction to Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting/ Circumcision (FGM/C) in Australia, to build capacity for health professionals to respond to women who have experienced FGM/C in their practice. Interpreters, community workers and educators may also find this module help ...