1 Aug 2015

Australia stops taking patients from Nauru

8:28 am on 1 August 2015

Detainees from Nauru needing medical treatment will soon be sent to hospital in Papua New Guinea rather than Australia.

Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection says Nauru's government has been seeking medical backup treatment options.

A spokesperson says an agreement has been made with Papua New Guinea for specialist care for transferees and refugees at the private Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

The Department says if the necessary medical teatment is not available in Papua New Guinea then the Nauru Government will be guided by health professionals to find alternative arrangements.

Asylum seekers detained in Nauru by the Australian government have previously been sent to Australia for medical care.

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