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Australia's detention policy puts refugees' health at risk, says report

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7347.1177 (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1177
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. Sydney

    Australia's tough stance on asylum seekers and refugees has come under fire from a broad alliance of the country's main health and medical groups.

    The detention of thousands of asylum seekers, including hundreds of children, and the lack of services for thousands of others living in the community are causing serious health problems, the alliance says in a report.

    The coalition of 30 groups—which include the medical colleges, nurses' groups, and the Australian Medical Association—has called for sweeping changes to current policies, warning that they risk creating a generation of deeply troubled young people.

    “Australia is …

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