We provided health care for children in immigration detention. This is what we found
By Shidan Tosif, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne
Georgia Paxton, Associate Professor of Paediatrics , Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Hamish Graham, Associate professor International Child Health; Paediatrician, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Australia’s immigration policies allow for indefinite locked detention, including for children and families. Detention is mandatory for people arriving without a valid visa – all those who arrived by boat between 2009 and 2013 were held in Immigration Detention Centres in Australia, or in Australian-contracted detention in Nauru or Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Australian detention numbers peaked in mid-2013, with 2,000 children detained at this time. By mid-2014, the average duration of detention exceeded 400 days.
While the last children were released from locked detention…
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- Wednesday, March 29, 2023