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Doctors campaign for the removal of children and their families from Nauru


Amanda Lyons


27/09/2018 12:05:17 PM

The #doctorsforasylumseekers campaign has seen doctors and peak medical bodies, including the RACGP, join together to call for the Federal Government to do what they believe is right.

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Doctors from all over Australia have pledged their support to the #doctorsforasylumseekers campaign.

‘The trauma experienced on Nauru is additional to the traumatic refugee experiences the children have already been through,’ Dr Kate Walker, GP and Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Refugee Health network, said. 
 
Dr Walker believes that, after five years of detention on Nauru, the health of refugee and asylum seeker children and their families has reached a point of crisis.
 
‘These children’s medical and psychiatric conditions are now too severe to be managed on Nauru,’ she said.
 
‘As doctors, we believe there is a duty of care towards these children held on Nauru under Australian jurisdiction.’
 
Dr Walker reflects the concerns of many healthcare professionals throughout Australia who, together with the country’s peak medical bodies – including the RACGP, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) – have joined the #doctorsforasylumseekers campaign on Twitter.
 
Doctors involved in the campaign are tweeting their support for the almost 100 children and their families detained on Nauru, with the goal of putting an end to the uncertainty, deprivation and lack of adequate medical treatment they face on the island.
 
For many doctors  – and those studying to become doctors – the conflict between the conditions of offshore processing and detention and the values of the medical profession lies at the heart of the campaign.
 
‘As medical professionals, our first job is to care for people, especially children. This must be our guiding principle,’ Alex Farrell, President of AMSA, said.
 
‘It is time for Australia to remove refugee and asylum seeker children from Nauru.’
 
Dr Walker wants the removal of children from Nauru to be implemented as quickly as possible.
 
‘Immediate action is required. Any delay will cause further deterioration of their physical and mental health,’ she said.
 
‘These unwell asylum seeker children require a therapeutic environment, preferably in Australia, where they can receive the specialist care they need.’
 
Dr Sara Townend, who wrote an open petition letter to Peter Dutton earlier this year to protest the plight of a dying refugee being held on Nauru, has started another petition to request that Prime Minister Scott Morrison transfer the children and their families from Nauru.
 
The letter, which has already attracted more than 1200 signatures from doctors and medical students, will be delivered to the Prime Minister on October 15.
 
Visit the RACGP, AMSA, RACP, and ACEM Twitter pages for more information on how to get involved with the campaign.



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Helen Palmer   28/09/2018 8:05:40 AM

I call for the URGENT removal of asylum seeker children and their families from nauru.It is an ABSOLUTE disgrace that we as Australians cannot offer asylum to these families in a humane way.As a Dr I am appalled by the brutality of our off shore detention.Bring them HERE


Dr Zekri Palushi   28/09/2018 12:11:59 PM

How nice to see those doctors campaigning for the removal of children and their families from Nauru, lead by Dr Walker. Certainly, as doctors we believe there is a duty of care towards these children held in Nauru..., who happen to be there with their parents, who (parents),happen to be there (Nauru), just because they intended to enter our country illegally, ignoring our border security, the Australian jurisdiction, and making the majority of the Australian people feel ignored and unsafe in their own country. So, my dear colleagues, we all, first are Australians, and ought to have a Duty of Care to our Australia and the legitimate Australians. Lets reject globalisation and embrace patriotism


Dr Zekri Palushi   28/09/2018 12:29:55 PM

How nice to see those doctors campaigning for the removal of children and their families from Nauru, lead by Dr Walker. Certainly, as doctors we believe there is a duty of care towards these children held in Nauru..., who happen to be there with their parents, who (parents),happen to be there (Nauru), just because they intended to enter our country illegally, ignoring our border security, the Australian jurisdiction, and making the majority of the Australian people feel ignored and unsafe in their own country. So, my dear colleagues, we all, first are Australians, and ought to have a Duty of Care to our Australia and the legitimate Australians. Lets reject globalisation and embrace patriotism


Francisco Rodriguez-Letters   28/09/2018 12:45:47 PM

Unlike many of my colleagues, I support this government's policy


Dr SS   30/09/2018 8:18:17 PM

My dear colleague-s,
Is it not hypocritical, would even be laughable if it wasn't too sad to laugh about,
that those people who in fact came to this country from somewhere else, or their parents/ grandparents did so in who knows what way/ legal or less legal/ they are those who would first put their hands up and lecture about border security, safety of us 'legitimate Australians' and that crap. It is a disgrace to read these words written by anyone, written by doctors- it's an embarrassment


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