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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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Thought our treatment of asylum seekers couldn't get any worse? 17 Jun 2018

Editorial in the Sunday Age: ‘This newspaper has argued for years that the treatment by successive Australian governments of people seeking asylum will come to be seen as one of the most shameful chapters in our history. Our resolve to...

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,...

'Real and tragic consequences': asylum seekers left untreated for hepatitis C

13 Jun 2018

The doctors who examined Wissam Jadiri when he came to Australia by boat in 2013 detected his elevated liver enzymes...

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...

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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