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The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

                This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe Life’s good….for some To start the Health Wrap on a […]

Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

A stack of health-related inquiries and reports have been released that may be of interest to Croakey readers. Plus, some human rights ranting to follow… • The second interim report of the Senate Select Committee inquiring into health policies raised concerns about the damage being done to primary health care by Federal funding cuts. Cuts […]

Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior takes it up to the PM: “It is your government that is doing this to human beings”

Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior takes it up to the PM: “It is your government that is doing this to human beings”

Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior was in the car with her dad – known to Croakey readers as Dr Tim Senior, a GP and Wonky Health columnist – when they heard Julian Burnside talking on the radio about children so desperate that they had attempted suicide while in asylum detention. Yesterday, Imogen’s father discovered that she had written to the […]

That Abetz comment on abortion and breast cancer: symptom of a wider malaise?

That Abetz comment on abortion and breast cancer: symptom of a wider malaise?

The Prime Minister and Health Minister Peter Dutton have pointed out the lack of evidence to support Senator Eric Abetz’s recent inflammatory comments linking abortion and breast cancer. But should his comments be seen as an aberration? There are any number of other areas where the Government’s statements and actions are not informed by evidence. […]

How the Federal Government is grooming us to be complicit in child abuse

How the Federal Government is grooming us to be complicit in child abuse

Croakey is compiling submissions to the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into the impact of immigration detention on the health, well-being and development of children. In the article below, psychiatrist Professor Alan Rosen argues that the immigration detention of children amounts to systematic child abuse, and notes the irony of this occurring while inquiries are […]

The mental health toll of policies that seek to keep people “out of sight and largely out of mind”

The mental health toll of policies that seek to keep people “out of sight and largely out of mind”

The harm that detention inflicts upon asylum seekers, including children, is powerfully described in three articles in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia. The articles (here, here, and here) note that suicide is the leading cause of premature death for those in the immigration detention network, and document the toll that detention takes […]

The #hotpotato – serving up facts, not fear and fibs on asylum seekers

The #hotpotato – serving up facts, not fear and fibs on asylum seekers

Jana Favero has travelled more than 2,800 kilometres over the past 10 days through rural and urban Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as part of The Hot Potato Campaign run by the Melbourne-based Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Its aim: to visit 10 towns in 10 days, bust 10 myths, serve 10,000 hot potatoes […]

What are the government’s plans for maintaining the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers sent to Nauru and Manus Island?

What are the government’s plans for maintaining the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers sent to Nauru and Manus Island?

Many in the public health and indeed the broader health community have expressed concern at the governments plan to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Health concerns include implications for mental health, maternal health and infectious diseases such as malaria.  Melissa Sweet’s previous article on the issue provides an overview of these […]

New asylum policy puts women at greater risk of violence

New asylum policy puts women at greater risk of violence

Jacqui True and Nicole George write: The Labor government’s changes to immigration policy show a singular focus on stopping people seeking asylum in Australia and destroying the business of people smugglers. But unhappy prospects await the women and children who have fled conflict zones to seek asylum in Australia and find themselves in Papua New […]

The health implications of the PNG “solution” are dire, warn experts

The health implications of the PNG “solution” are dire, warn experts

So the Rudd Government says “asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia”, and will instead be assessed in PNG and resettled there if found to be refugees (the agreement with PNG is here). Much of the subsequent analysis has been from political, human rights and legal perspectives, […]