24 Oct 2016

Detention healthcare needs oversight - AMA

9:25 am on 24 October 2016

The Australian Medical Association is calling for independent oversight of healthcare provided to detainees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.

The Association made the call in its submission to the Senate inquiry on serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers detained offshore by Australia.

In the submission, the Association repeated its call for the release of all children from detention as well as citing examples of detainees not receiving adequate healthcare for sickness, injuries sustained from physical assault, and mental disorder following sexual assault.

The association's vice president Dr Tony Bartone said the detainees should receive the same level of healthcare as any Australian citizen.

"The examples in the submission highlight failings or lack of appropriate scaling up or referral on of medical care that was required in those instances. Care that was not available in the offshore facilities or the treatment centres nominated."

Tony Bartone said if the Senate inquiry finds adequate healthcare is not being provided to detainees the Australian government should review its offshore detention policy.

Residents of the Manus Island processing centre queue for food.

Residents of the Manus Island processing centre queue for food. Photo: Behrouz Boochani

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