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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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Australia's immigration detention system is cruel and damaging by its very nature 7 Nov 2019

‘The Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on the use of force in immigration detention is the latest chapter in a now familiar story of excessively harsh, punitive and degrading conditions in Australian immigration detention centres.’ ‘Once again, we see a...

Man waits years for hepatitis C medication after immigration detention transfer

25 Oct 2019

‘A man who waited 18 months for hepatitis C medication to be approved while in detention was transferred interstate before...

Asylum seekers held in prison-like conditions for record periods

20 Jun 2019

People in Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres are now held for an average of about 500 days: an all-time high,...

Life saving medication secured for asylum seeker with Hepatitis C

5 Jun 2019

Legal action and strategic advocacy by PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project has ensured access to curative Hepatitis C medication...

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...

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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