Australia's Immigrant Health Issues

Australia’s top medical organisations have called for urgent amendments to the Border Force Act so doctors can freely speak about the healthcare problems detainees face at immigration centres.
They have released a joint statement in which they speak out against the threat of up to two years’ jail for sharing information about conditions at the centres.
the president of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Prof Nick Talley said“It is inconceivable that the government is trying to gag our ability to advocate for our patients’ healthcare – it is crucial these changes are passed immediately,” Talley said reports and evidence from those working in detention centres had provided first-hand insight into appalling conditions and health issues faced by detainees, including skin conditions, vector-borne diseases, sepsis and mental health issues.



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