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RANZCOG signs Memorandum of Understanding with Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change

06 July 2020

Committed to building mutually beneficial partnerships in women’s health, RANZCOG has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change.

The MoU will see the two organisations collaborate to improve the health literacy of refugee and migrant women.

Harmony Alliance is the national migrant and refugee women’s alliance. The Alliance represents 76 organisational members from across Australia, combining grassroots participation and strong community voices with institutional reach and powerful policy advocacy networks. The Alliance also has individual members.

Its purpose is to provide a national inclusive and informed voice on issues impacting the experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women, and to enable opportunities for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds to directly engage in driving positive change.

RANZCOG believes that the same standard of health care should be provided to migrant and refugee women as that provided to all women. Read its position statement.

RANZCOG participates in the Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership. This initiative seeks to consolidate cross-sector knowledge, foster policy and support culturally competent practice. Read more.

RANZCOG and Harmony Alliance have a history of collaborating, with the two organisations working together during the COVID-19 Pandemic to ensure RANZCOG’s advice to pregnant women reached as many women as possible. Harmony Alliance translated the advice into 10 community languages. View them here.

The MoU will also see the RANZCOG and Harmony Alliance produce co-branded and translated webinars on women’s health across the life course with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health. This work aligns with one of the focus areas of the Australian Government’s National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030. The webinars will be progressively released over the next two years and will be made widely available for use and distribution.

“Harmony Alliance is excited to collaborate with RANZCOG in developing these webinars for migrant and refugee women, bringing together their health expertise with our cultural reach to support women’s health literacy,” Gulnara Abbasova, Executive Officer of the Harmony Alliance, said.



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