Right now, we are receiving more requests for help than we can manage. We're urgently trying to raise funds so that we can assist people in offshore detention with medical emergencies and ongoing case reviews.
WHY DOCTORS FOR REFUGEES?
Over the last decade or so successive Australian governments have imposed increasingly harsh conditions on those seeking asylum under the UN Convention of 1951 to which we are a signatory. These conditions have had a devastating effect on the health of these individuals. As health care professionals we have an obligation to speak out.
Doctors and other health practitioners have undertaken to abide by the Hippocratic Oath, or variants of this, which require us to advocate for the health of our patients above all else.
To do anything less would be to diminish our profession.
Who we are:
We are a group of Australian doctors, other health practitioners, and concerned community members campaigning for the fair and humane treatment of people who have come to Australia seeking safety. We believe health is a human right.
We aim to:
Unite doctors and other health practitioners as a powerful community voice, focused on helping people who are seeking asylum in Australia
Inform and educate our colleagues about the suffering of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, and the disparity between our international humanitarian obligations and our government's current treatment of people in detention
Reinforce to the government the long-term medical, financial and potential legal cost of keeping people in offshore detention compared to the short-term cost of providing early community accommodation
Develop and provide strategic advice to the government regarding the health and mental health of the people they're processing in offshore and onshore detention
Our goals are:
On-shore processing of all people who are seeking asylum in Australia, with detention only for security and health checks and not to exceed 45 days
Speedy processing of refugee determination, and bridging visas which include community housing, employment rights, access to Medicare or similar subsidised health care and Centrelink payments to be available to all asylum seekers regardless of mode of arrival
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Our doctors, nurses and health professionals all volunteer their own time to:
review medical records of those in detention;
write recommendations to the Immigration department and Senate Inquiries;
coordinate with service providers to optimise healthcare for those who need it; and
educate and inform decision-makers and the public.
But we aren't just a group of health workers. Doctors for Refugees relies on the support of students, advocates, community members and more.
Right now, we're urgently trying to raise enough funds to continue this work. You can make a secure donation online here.
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