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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 

Latest News

Major breakthrough: Hepatitis C treatment secured for onshore detainees 22 May 2019

Asylum seekers with Hepatitis C in onshore detention will now have access to curative medication following advocacy by PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project. Under new Commonwealth Government policies, all people in onshore immigration detention will now have access to...

Secret recordings allege excessive force by guards in Australia's detention centres

25 Mar 2019

‘Leaked video, audio and images have revealed allegations of excessive force and harassment inside Australia’s network of onshore detention centres.’...

PIAC Welcomes Passage of MedEvac Bill

13 Feb 2019

PIAC welcomes the passage of the Home Affairs (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 by Commonwealth Parliament. Otherwise known as the ‘MedEvac...

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...

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,...

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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