Australian medical leaders call for urgent action on reports of abuse of immigrant detainees

BMJ 2016;354:i4454
Author: Michael Woodhead
“Leaked reports of horrific conditions and widespread abuse of asylum seekers in an Australian immigration detention centre have prompted calls from medical groups to open up the camps to independent oversight. Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), said that the government needed to respond urgently to the 2000 incident reports compiled by staff of the Nauru offshore processing centre that showed that detainees, including women and children, were experiencing abuse, trauma, self harm, sexual assault, inadequate health services, and deplorable living conditions.”
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