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Migrant health services - Health & Wellbeing. By Tanveer Ahmed Information about the unique healthcare difficulties facing people who come to Australia from overseas. Published 03/04/2003 [Image source: iStockphoto] Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world, thanks to successive waves of migration, first from Europe and more recently Asia. We've worked hard at integrating the various nationalities into our communities, generally avoiding some of the ethnic tensions that have arisen in other parts of the world. One of the challenges in making their arrival easier is to ease the transition from their previous culture into ours. But providing healthcare within a multicultural setting a is complex matter.

The key issues that complicate healthcare in a multicultural setting are: the lack of knowledge about available serviceslanguage differencesvarying cultural attitudes to health and interaction. Cultural barriers The Australian system might be quite different from the one they have been used to. Top. Racgpstandards_detention_centres. Psychiatrists identify 'asylum seeker syndrome' By Linda Hunt Updated A group of Australian psychiatrists has identified a new mental illness syndrome unique to asylum seekers.

The group is presenting its evidence on Prolonged Asylum Seekers Syndrome at an international psychiatry conference in Hobart. It was identified after studying the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees living in Melbourne. Major depression was diagnosed in more than 60 per cent of asylum seekers and about 30 per cent of refugees. Associate Professor Suresh Sundram, from the University of Melbourne, says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected repeatedly showed clinical symptoms not seen before. "It's people who are being subjected to protracted periods of refugee determination, so ones who are not getting quick responses," he said. "But maybe even more importantly, it's people who are being repeatedly rejected and have continued to press claims for protection.

"They seem to be especially vulnerable. Australia’s complicity in detention centre violence - Right NowHuman Rights in Australia | Right Now. Published September 17, 2013 Flickr woodleywonderworks This article is a part of our September focus on Violence – you can access more content from this issue here By Asher Hirsch A refugee journey is often filled with violence. By definition, someone found to be a refugee has had to flee persecution – often some of the most horrid forms of torture, war, rape and death threats. However, the experiences of violence don’t end once a person reaches our supposedly safe shores. In fact, violence in the immigration process can sometimes be worse than the situations they are fleeing. In the paragraphs below are some real examples of the horrific violence that occurs in Australian-run detention centres.

Much of this money goes to private security contractors Serco and G4S – $1.86 billion and $80 million respectively. At the time of writing, there are currently 8,521 asylum seekers in detention centres around Australia, including 1,731 children. We call it the “Cycle of Violence”. 'It's child abuse': Australian doctor brought to tears by treatment of Nauru detainees. Could not load plugins: File not found Nauru's former staff describe refugee trauma On ABC's 7.30 program, former staff from Nauru's detention centre talk about the appalling treatment and trauma of asylum seekers they witnessed on the island.

Vision courtesy ABC. An Australian doctor has been brought to tears by the abuse and trauma he witnessed in Nauru's immigration detention centre. Paediatrician Dr David Isaacs is one of several doctors, workers and guards turned whistleblowers exposing what they say is a culture of cover up, rape, self harm and abuse on Nauru, in defiance of laws that could land them in prison. Our Government is abusing children in our name Paediatrician Dr David Isaacs "I saw a six-year-old girl who tried to hang herself with a fence tie and had marks around her neck. 'These are people, ordinary people and we're treating them with with incredible cruelty' : Paediatrician Dr David Isaacs spoke publicly of the trauma suffered by Nauru detainees on 7.30. Attitudes towards asylum seekers: Findings from the third Scanlon Foundation Survey ‹ Champions of Change. Home » All » Attitudes towards asylum seekers: Findings from the third Scanlon Foundation Survey Attitudes towards asylum seekers: Findings from the third Scanlon Foundation Survey Posted by: Jana Tags: asylum seekers, attitudes, statistics, surveys Posted date: September 22, 2010 | Comment The third Scanlon Foundation Survey, entitled Mapping Social Cohesion, was released last week.

Authored by Professor Andrew Markus of Monash University, the report charts the attitudes of Australians around a number of population issues. The survey’s exploration of Australian attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers makes for interesting reading. The results highlight the gulf in Australian attitudes towards asylum seekers admitted under our humanitarian program after application offshore compared to those asylum seekers arriving onshore by boat. What is surprising is the extent to which this lack of compassion for asylum seekers arriving by boat cuts across demographics. Share This About the author. 11485671. The basic principles of migration health:<br>population mobility and gaps in disease prevalence.

Migration and the Health Effects of International Trade | Health Knowledge. Migration Migration is the permanent relocation of an individual from one country to another. As of the year 2005, 191 million people (3% of the world’s population) were living outside their country of birth (United Nations Population Division, 009). There are a variety of different reasons for migration, and migration is often split into two categories - voluntary migration and forced migration. However, some reasons for migration apply to both voluntary and forced migrants, therefore it is more useful to think of reasons for migration in two categories: ‘push’ and ‘pull’ (see Table 1). Push factors drive a migrant out of their country of origin while pull factors attract migrants towards a particular destination country. Table 1: Push and pull factors Migrants are a diverse group (e.g. economic migrants, students, refugees, asylum seekers) and therefore the relationship between health and migration is complex.

Figure 1: The influence of the migration process on migrant’s morbidity. Migration, Mobility, and Health - Infectious Disease Movement in a Borderless World - NCBI Bookshelf. A61_12-en.pdf. Migrant Health Issues | Migrant Clinicians Network. The health issues that face migrant and other mobile underserved populations are similar to those faced by other disadvantaged groups, including the poor, and especially rural poor, and recent immigrants.

These illnesses are caused by poor nutrition, lack of resources to seek care early in the disease process, and infectious diseases from overcrowding and poor sanitation. However, the health problems migrants and their families face because of their low-income status and unfamiliarity with the culture are compounded by a migratory lifestyle and the inherent dangers and health risks involved in their occupations. Migrants and their dependents experience more frequent and more severe health problems than the general United States population. Only a limited number of scientific studies have been made on the health status of migrants and other mobile underserved populations. All of the health care problems found in the general population are found in migrant groups.

Religion, Spirituality and Refugee flights. Refugees and Asylum Seekers Facts & Figures. Every year, millions of people around the world are forced to flee their homes. Some flee because of religious persecution, others because of their race, gender, or ethnicity. Some flee because of their political stances, religious affiliations or social status. Asylum seekers are people who are seeking international protection but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been determined. Their refugee status application is processed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or a government that is a signatory to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.

A refugee is someone who is recognised as needing protection under the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. There are an estimated 42.5 million people displaced by persecution and conflict in the world. Refugees face a long and difficult journey finding security and protection. Countries that experience internal conflict and civil unrest produce the largest numbers of refugees. Australia to accept additional 12,000 Syrian refugees and provide $44 million financial aid. Updated Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australia will extend its campaign of air strikes from Iraq into Syria, at the same time as announcing plans to "move quickly" to accept an extra 12,000 refugees affected by the conflict in both countries.

Key Points Australia to accept 12,000 refugeesWill give $44 million in financial aidRAAF to get go ahead for air strikes in Syria The Federal Government will also provide an extra $44 million in financial aid to refugee agencies. "Our focus for these new 12,000 permanent resettlement places will be those people most in need of permanent protection," Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra. "Women, children and families from persecuted minorities who have sought refuge in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey... the most vulnerable of all. " Mr Abbott said the Government would "shortly" send officials to the region to work with the UNHCR to start identifying candidates for resettlement. "We need to provide these people with a permanent abode," he said. Tony Abbott says Australia will accept more Syria refugees but within current intake, Peter Dutton to travel to Geneva for UN talks on crisis.

Updated Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is prepared to "step up to the plate" and increase the number of refugees Australia accepts from war-torn Syria, but within the current humanitarian intake. Mr Abbott was urged to increase Australia's refugee intake after photos of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi on a Turkish beach shocked the world and put a human face to the dangers refugees risk trying to reach safety. On Sunday afternoon the Prime Minister told a press conference he was moved by the images of Aylan, and was prepared to lift the percentage of refugees Australia takes from Syria.

But he said the increase would not mean Australia's overall yearly intake of refugees, which stands at 13,750, would go up. "No, we are proposing to take more people from this region as part of our very substantial commitment," he told a press conference in Canberra. He said the Government was considering further funding for humanitarian assistance to those seeking refuge in refugee camps. Immigration detention in Australia. Updated 20 March 2013 PDF version [517KB] Janet Phillips and Harriet Spinks Social Policy Section Contents IntroductionWhat was Australia’s detention policy before 1992?

Why was mandatory detention introduced? What has happened since 1992? Howard GovernmentRudd/Gillard GovernmentsRudd GovernmentGillard Government What are the contentious issues? InquiriesDetention conditionsDuration of detentionChildren in detentionThe issues in summary What are the alternatives? The policy of mandatory detention in Australia (that is the legal requirement to detain all non-citizens without a valid visa) was introduced by the Keating (Labor) Government in 1992 in response to a wave of Indochinese boat arrivals. Currently, all asylum seekers who arrive without authority by boat are detained and usually transferred to Christmas Island initially while their reasons for being in Australia are identified.[2] The main focus of Australia’s mandatory detention policy is to ensure that: Howard Government Rudd Government.

Immigrationdetention. The Royal Colleges of Paediatrics and Child Health, General Practitioners and Psychiatrists and the UK Faculty of Public Health have published a new policy statement and recommendations on the harms to the physical and mental health of children and young people in the UK who are subjected to administrative immigration detention. The three Royal Colleges and the UK Faculty of Public Health believe that the administrative immigration detention of children, young people and their families is harmful and unacceptable and call on the Government to see this issue as a matter of priority and stop detaining children without delay.

Every year the UK detains 1,000 children in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). These children are members of families identified for enforced removal from Britain, who are detained indefinitely under administrative order without time limit and without judicial oversight. Dr Rosalyn Proops, Officer for Child Protection, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: 9. Mental Health of Children in Immigration Detention. A last resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention Back to contents 9. Mental Health of Children in Immigration Detention This chapter addresses the impact of the detention environment on the mental health of children and the measures taken to address their mental health needs. Consistent with the breadth of protection given to the welfare of children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Inquiry uses the term mental health to describe the psychological well-being of children as well as diagnosed psychiatric illness.

During Inquiry visits to immigration detention facilities, large numbers of children and parents reported on the impact of detention on their psychological well-being. Furthermore, the primary records revealed that in a smaller number of cases children had been diagnosed with specific psychiatric illnesses such as depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This chapter addresses the following questions: (b) External referrals. Dangers of Detention. THE IMPACT - End Child Detention. Border Force Act could see immigration detention centre workers jailed for whistleblowing. Updated Lawyers and asylum seeker advocates say they are concerned about new laws applying to some people working in detention centres. The Border Force Act could see some government-contracted workers at onshore and offshore detention facilities risk up to two years in jail if they speak out about what they see.

Barrister and spokesman for the Australian Lawyers Alliance Greg Barns said the act had a "chilling effect". "It effectively turns the Department of Immigration into a secret security organisation with police powers," he said. The Act was passed with bipartisan support, with only the Greens opposing it. Mr Barns said it gave the Federal Government too much power over what can be said about immigration detention centres. Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. Audio: Listen to Sarah Sedghi's report. "I mean, this is the sort of legislation that you wouldn't find unsurprising in countries that don't have real democracy. Border Force Act: why do we need these laws? - The Drum. Opinion Posted Stepping back from the legal abyss of the Border Force Act, there is a screamingly obvious question: why are there new laws that could even possibly send someone to jail for speaking out about abuses in detention centres?

Michael Bradley writes. I've been avoiding examining the Border Force Act and its introduction of yet another means of putting people in prison for doing their job, for two reasons. One is that I'm struggling to come to emotional terms with the Border Force uniforms that are so reminiscent of something Italian circa 1941. I guess that's how it works, in the end we all just give up and get used to the new normal. But to the task - is this latest law as bad as Australia's doctors are saying, or are they hysterically over-reacting as Peter Dutton has implied?

The technical legal answer is "it depends". This includes contractors such as doctors and aid workers, and covers everything they see, hear or learn while on the job. Well, that's the law. The New York Times Has Condemned Australia’s “Brutal” And “Inexcusable” Refugee Policies. Refugee law in Australia. Government bans reporting of abuse in refugee camps. Mental health workers say Australia knew of refugee child abuse.

Refugee Council appalled by claims of cruelty to children in detention - Refugee Council of Australia. Australia to Probe Child Refugee Abuse Claims. 'Whistleblowers' oppose Australian law on refugee abuse. Imprisonment and abuse: how refugees are treated by Australia. Migration to Australia. We Asked a Refugee About His Life on Manus Island | VICE | Australia / NZ. Border Force Act: why do we need these laws? - The Drum. Border Force Act: detention secrecy just got worse. Australian Border Force Bill 2015. Refugees. Asylum seekers and refugees guide. Australia’s Brutal Treatment of Migrants.

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