Helping professionals and Border Force secrecy

‘Helping professionals and Border Force secrecy: effective asylum-seeker healthcare requires independence from callous policies’, Australas Psychiatry January 27, 2016 1039856215623354
Author: Michael Dudley
“Prolonged immigration detention and policies aiming to deter irregular migration cause maritime asylum-seekers undeniable, well-publicised harms and (notwithstanding claims about preventing drownings) show reckless indifference and calculated cruelty. Service personnel may be harmed. Such policies misuse helping professionals to underwrite state abuses and promote public numbing and indifference, resembling other state abuses in the ‘war on terror’ and (with qualification) historical counterparts, e.g. Nazi Germany. Human service practitioners and organisations recently denounced the BFA that forbids disclosure about these matters. Continuing asylum-seeker healthcare balances the likelihood of effective care and monitoring with lending credibility to abuses.”
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