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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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Help asylum seekers in detention get the medical care they need 18 May 2017

In late 2016 PIAC launched the Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project to help people who are suffering in Australian immigration detention centres without access to the medical and mental health care they need. Marco* is one of our clients. 33...

Nine year old asylum seeker settles case with immigration department

3 May 2017

A nine-year-old asylum seeker who was held in immigration detention on Christmas Island has been awarded a settlement by the...

Senate report: abuse, self-harm and neglect on Nauru

3 May 2017

On 21 April 2017, the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs delivered damning findings from a seven-month inquiry...

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,...

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....

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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