Community Conversations

Project summary

  • This is a completed project. The aims were to provide community perspectives on reducing barriers to economic inclusion for women and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Melbourne’s west.



In May 2018, HealthWest sought to create system level change through the development of the Standards for Workforce Mutuality. The Standards provide guidance for organisations to address the diversity gap identified in the health and community services’ workforce in Melbourne’s west.

In 2019, HealthWest explored member and partner organisations interest in addressing economic inclusion, in the context of race-based discrimination and social inclusion. At a successful forum in October 2019, forum participants expressed ongoing interest in addressing racism in the heath and community sector, progressing workforce mutuality, and collaborating to improve employment pathways.

To understand more about economic inclusion from a community perspective, HealthWest partnered with Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) to undertake the Community Conversations project. The project’s aims were to gather further information on the nature of economic exclusion among refugee and migrant communities in Melbourne’s west, and to source community-informed ideas for reducing barriers to participation.


About the Project

The target audience for the Community Conversations project was young people and women from refugee and migrant backgrounds living in Melbourne’s west.

Between March and July 2020, methodology and research questions were designed through a series of scoping workshops with CMY and MCWH. Individual phone interviews were conducted in August and September.

COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown disproportionately impacted young people and women and the communities they live in.


Resources Produced

Community Conversations Full Report

HealthWest Partnership, Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) are pleased to release the Community Conversations Full Report.

In 2020, we asked twenty young people and women from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Melbourne’s west about their experiences of finding work in Australia.

Download the Full Report


Community Conversations Report Highlights

Download the Report Highlights

Virtual launch of the Community Conversations Report


Contact us

Gail O’Donnell

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