AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanding that the Government move asylum seeker children and their families off Nauru to more appropriate settings for their deteriorating physical and mental health
It is a serious allegation. Addressing the 38th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on July 2, Daniel Webb of the Human Rights Law Centre said this: “The denial of essential medical care has become the latest political tactic used against the refugees indefinitely imprisoned on Manus and Nauru.”
A more coordinated response to areas of injustice: Doctors for Justice launched today to give health professionals the chance to lend their voice and skills to research and public advocacy.
Just a little over a week ago, the Australian government buckled under mounting pressure to bring a dying refugee to Australia for palliative care.
It’s been a wild week for me. I’ve been working, as many others have, to try and raise awareness for Ali, so that he can come to Australia for palliative care. He is a refugee dying of metastatic lung cancer. I’ve been moved by the public petitions of our peak bodies, and by the doctors who have willingly put their name in the public forum on this letter to Peter Dutton. I’m also heartened by the wonderful campaigns that advocacy groups are running.
Last week I was an ordinary GP in Sydney, getting ready for my 6 year old’s birthday party, and living my life.