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The Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project works with a wide network of detainees, former detainees and detention advocates across Australia. We represent clients who are suffering from or who suffered significant medical conditions and mental health disorders in immigration detention. … read more

Research projects

As part of PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project, we are identifying best practice models for health standards in detention. We are reviewing standards for the provision of medical and mental health care in Australian jails and prisons, juvenile justice centres, … read more

Facts & figures

Under Australian law, all non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa must be detained. Immigration detainees are held in detention centres for 450 days on average, while their visa applications are processed and health and security checks are undertaken. … read more

Health standards ‘legislative vacuum’

There are no Australian legislative standards for medical and mental health care in immigration detention. Described by one judge as a ‘legislative vacuum’, the absence of any legislative standards in an immigration detention context is a national anomaly. By contrast, … read more

Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project

PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project seeks to ensure basic minimum standards for medical and mental health care for asylum seekers held in Australia’s immigration detention centres. Asylum seekers in immigration detention in Australia are typically fleeing persecution in Iran, … read more

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