Son speaks out on behalf of Indian doctors charged over death of patient

BMJ 2017; 356:j171
Author: Anne Gulland
“The son of two doctors arrested in India after the death of a patient has condemned increasing violence against healthcare staff. Kusum Tamhane, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and her husband Uttam Tamhane, a consultant general surgeon, alongside another doctor, Sanjay Ladkat, and a nurse, Manisha Mandlik, who work in Pune, India, were arrested on 4 January, five months after the death of a female patient from anaphylaxis.”
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Doctors attack immigration department over Nauru and Manus Island medical cases

SMH, 6 November 2016
Author: Michael Koziol
“The Australian Medical Association has detailed shocking cases of apparent medical neglect, wasting and severe ill-health among asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and accused immigration bureaucrats of failing to adequately follow up cases.”
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Human Trafficking: The Role of Medicine in Interrupting the Cycle of Abuse and Violence

Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(8):582-588.
Author: Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos
“Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, is an egregious violation of human rights with profound personal and public health implications. It includes forced labor and sexual exploitation of both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens and has been reported in all 50 states. Victims of human trafficking are currently among the most abused and disenfranchised persons in society, and they face a wide range of negative health outcomes resulting from their subjugation and exploitation. Medicine has an important role to play in mitigating the devastating effects of human trafficking on individuals and society.”
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WHO calls for immediate safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from conflict areas

World Health Organization, 30 September 2016
“WHO is calling on belligerents in Syria to allow for the immediate and safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from all areas affected by the conflict, including eastern Aleppo. The Organization is also calling for a halt of attacks on health care workers and facilities.”
Find news release here.

Our safety counts: children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns

Institute of Child Protection Studies (ACU), online 7 September 2016
Authors: Tim Moore, Morag McArthur, Jessica Heerde, Steven Roche, Patrick O’Leary
“Over the past three years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has explored the extent to which children and young people have been exposed to child sexual abuse, and considered some of the reasons why institutions have failed to actively prevent child sexual abuse and appropriately respond when children and young people have been harmed. Similar inquiries have consistently found that institutions have failed to appreciate children and young people’s views and experiences.  …This  study attempts  to  better understand children and young people’s perceptions of safety within institutions, and their views on how adults and institutions are responding to their safety needs.”
Find report here (PDF).

NT royal commission is the cost of failing to meet international standards on torture

The Conversation, 6 September 2016
Author: Adam Fletcher
“The ABC’s 7.30 program recently confirmed that harsh, and possibly illegal, treatment of young detainees in Australia is not confined to the Northern Territory when it broadcast images of alleged abuse in a centre in Townsville. Evidence of inappropriate treatment from a centre in Tasmania has also come to light.”
Find article here.

Australia’s torture of asylum seekers

BMJ 2016;354:i4606
Author: David Berger
“The Guardian newspaper’s publication of 8000 leaked pages alleging horrendous abuse and appalling conditions for detainees at Australia’s immigration detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru has again brought Australia’s treatment of indefinitely imprisoned asylum seekers into sharp public focus. The so-called Nauru files, published on 10 August, describe alleged assaults, sexual abuse, self harm attempts, and child abuse. The Guardian’s analysis showed 51.3% of the 2116 reports involve children, although children were only about 18% of those in detention at the time.”
Find abstract here.

More than third of sexual assaults, homicides linked to domestic violence, ABS data shows

ABC News online 13 July 2016
Author: Dan Oakes
“More than a third of sexual assaults and homicides recorded in Australia last year were domestic violence-related, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  The 2015 crime statistics also show that there were 21,380 victims of sexual assault across the country, a rise of 3 per cent on the previous year, and a six year high.”
Find article here and ABS report here.