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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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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 for long periods of time in prison-like conditions, despite having committed no crime. To make matters worse, the level of...

Five things you may not know about health care and immigration detention

1 Jun 2017

Did you know that every day asylum seekers in Australian onshore detention centres are suffering without a basic, enforceable right...

Asylum seekers on Manus Island commence class action

30 May 2017

A class action is commencing this week for 1905 asylum seekers who are seeking compensation for physical and psychological injuries...

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...

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...

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.   

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