AMA Forum on the Health Care of Asylum Seekers and the Harms caused by Immigration Detention, Especially for Children
On 21 February 2016, the AMA Forum: The Health Care of Asylum Seekers and the Harms caused by Immigration Detention, Especially for Children was held in Sydney at the SMC Conference and Function Centre.
The Forum was attended by about 350 doctors, nurses and others concerned about the current state of children held in detention facilities. Guest speakers included Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM, Professor David Isaacs and Ms Alanna Maycock, who have all been involved in working with children in offshore immigration detention facilities. AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, also addressed the Forum, calling on Government to act immediately on four key points:
1. A moratorium on asylum seeker children being sent back to detention centres;
2. The immediate release of all children from offshore and onshore detention centres into the community where they will be properly cared for;
3. The establishment of a transparent, national statutory body of clinical experts, independent of government, with the power to investigate and report to the Parliament on the health and welfare of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia; and
4. If Government or the Opposition cannot provide satisfactory health care to people seeking asylum, then their policies should be revisited.
Transcripts of some of the speeches, relevant AMA policies and images taken on the day can be found below.