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Mental health expert confirms detention providers not following immigration department protocols

An expert advising the federal government has told an inquiry there is confusion between detention contractors and the Immigration Department about protocols for handling detainees with mental illnesses, the Australian Greens said today.

"Professor Louise Newman has confirmed what we had long suspected - that decisions and protocols made by staff in detention centres on the welfare and health of fragile detainees is not in line with best practice or well-understood medical standards," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Urgent reviews needed for immigration detention centre contracts

Persistent problems within detention centres such as detainees harming themselves, staff who lack adequate qualifications and abysmal mental health services are compelling reasons why the Immigration Minister must urgently review the operating contracts, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Greens have long argued that contracting to a private company is an inappropriate way to run the detention network in the first place," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Letter confirms DIAC’s lethargy on Greens’ fears about inadequate mental health services in detention centres

The Australian Greens' repeated warnings about inadequate mental health services for asylum seekers in indefinite detention have been proven, again, by the release of correspondence between the service provider IHMS and the Immigration Department.

"It is unacceptable the department delays taking action to improve mental health services, causing further damage to fragile people who should not be in detention," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Govt must establish 24-hr medical services for fragile detainees

Reports today that the ambulance called to Villawood to attend the suicide of a detainee on Tuesday night was phoned by a member of the public outside the facility is another reason why there must be 24-hour medical care at all detention centres, the Greens said today.

"With each day comes another sad revelation about the circumstances which led confirmed refugee ‘Shooty' to take his own life, because he was ignored by those meant to ensure his protection," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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