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Asylum Seeker Health Rights

PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project seeks to ensure humane treatment and basic medical and mental health care for asylum seekers languishing in Australia’s immigration detention centres. Read More

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Progress on detention conditions: OPCAT ratified 9 Feb 2017

PIAC has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).  PIAC has called for the ratification of OPCAT over many years, most recently...

Length of time in immigration detention at record-high

17 Nov 2016

A significant body of medical evidence exists to demonstrate that prolonged, indefinite immigration detention causes or exacerbates serious mental illness....

National Audit Office: concerns about asylum seeker healthcare

17 Sep 2016

In September 2016, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reported on its key areas of concern in the delivery of...

The ‘Nauru Files’ – Guardian publishes more than 2100 incident reports from Nauru

17 Aug 2016

In August 2016, the Guardian published more than 2100 incident reports from Nauru’s immigration regional processing centre, which included reports...

Amnesty International highlights lack of medical and mental health care on Nauru

2 Aug 2016

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released a report in August 2016 condemning conditions of confinement for asylum seekers and...

About this 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.

Using a combination of strategic litigation and social justice advocacy, this project aims to create urgently needed systemic reform. We are seeking to have minimum standards for medical and mental health care provided for in law, to ensure Australia is complying with international human rights standards for asylum seekers held in immigration detention.

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