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Greens announce policy for Refugee Health Panel

Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, joined Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, to announce that the Greens would establish an independent health oversight panel for refugees.

“The old parties are storming ahead with the race to refugee cruelty as they races to the polls, showing complete disregard for the physical and mental health of the people affected,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The government must listen to the experts and support the Greens’ bill to establish a Refugee Health Panel, bringing oversight and health care to the people in remote island prisons.

“Indefinite detention is disastrous to refugees’ mental health and wellbeing. There has to be a safety net of expert, independent care for these very vulnerable people.

“The government wants to send families and unaccompanied children to an offshore tent slum on Nauru, but to do so without proper healthcare would be unthinkable.”

Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, will be discussing the policy in a speech to the Victorian AMA tonight.

“The medical community is rightly concerned about the government’s approach to asylum seekers. It violates the central tenant of the Hippocratic Oath – first, do no harm,” said Dr Di Natale.

“Long-term detention of vulnerable people will lead to an epidemic of mental health disease resulting in suicides, self-harm, long term depression and anxiety related disorders. Not to mention the poor health facilities.

“This is about caring for people and when it comes down to it, the Greens are the only ones that are standing up for the health and wellbeing of refugees.”


Media contacts:               

Senator Hanson-Young                   Noah Schultz-Byard 0427 604 760

Senator Di Natale                            Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600


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