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Asylum Seeker Health Rights

The Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project aims to secure humane standards of medical and mental health care for asylum seekers in Australian immigration detention centres. Read more 

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New report calls for urgent reform to standard of care in immigration detention 13 Jun 2018

A new report highlighting a lack of basic medical care provided to asylum seekers in Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres, has called for urgent legislation and practical measures to ensure that asylum seekers receive the same health care as the...

AHRC releases Villawood and Yongah Hill inspection reports

10 Jan 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its latest inspection reports of the immigration detention facilities at Villawood and Yongah...

Treatment of asylum seekers in detention an onshore problem too: Jane Leibowitz

2 Nov 2017

Right now, more than 1,250 people – most of whom are seeking Australia’s protection from persecution – are being detained...

Five things you may not know about health care and immigration detention

1 Jun 2017

Did you know that every day asylum seekers in Australian onshore detention centres are suffering without a basic, enforceable right...

Asylum seekers on Manus Island commence class action

30 May 2017

A class action is commencing this week for 1905 asylum seekers who are seeking compensation for physical and psychological injuries...

About this project

The Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project aims to secure humane standards of medical and mental health care for asylum seekers in Australian immigration detention centres.

Despite the high levels of trauma suffered by asylum seekers and the damage to mental health caused by long-term, indefinite detention, conditions in immigration detention centres – including rights of access to essential health care – are unprotected in legislation. The Federal Court has described this as a ‘legislative vacuum’.  

Through test cases and policy advocacy, PIAC is working to change the system.   

We acknowledge the generous support of the Australian Communities Foundation, Williams Fund and BB & A Miller Fund, RE Ross Trust and the Spotlight Foundation for the Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project.

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