Challenging The Border Force Act

MEDIA RELEASE: Government Backs Down in the face of Doctors’ Challenge

October 22, 2016

Doctors have forced the federal government to back down on controversial laws banning health practitioners from publicly revealing abuse and medical negligence in Australia’s offshore detention centres.

Doctors for Refugees President Dr Barri Phatarfod said the decision was a “huge win for doctors and recognition that our code of ethics is paramount”.

RACP Supports Doctors who Risk Jail Time

October 10, 2016

Doctors who have risked two years jail time by speaking out against the government’s border protection policy have the full support of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Australia’s health groups call for Australia's Border Force Act to be amended

October 10, 2016

Australia’s peak health professional bodies are voicing collective concern about the appalling secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professional who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres.

Meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

October 08, 2016

​Doctors for Refugees was among those who met with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Sydney, hosted by the ​Australian Human Rights Commission, and our solicitor for the Border Force Act Challenge Megan Fitzgerald came up to discuss the legal aspects of this. The Border Force Act is one of the pivotal legislated areas that Human Rights Defenders are targeted, in this instance with criminal charges.

Media Coverage of The Challenge to The Border Force Act

September 04, 2016

There has been an extensive amount of media attention in relation to Doctors For Refugees challenge to the Border Force Act. Including an excellent article in the Huffington Post, which mentioned the story of a young boy we are asking to be immediately bought to Australia.

MEDIA RELEASE: Doctors For Refugees to Challenge Border Force Act

August 30, 2016

This is the Media Release for the Challenge that Doctors For Refugees has lodge against the Border Force Act

The Moss Report- A review of Conditions and Circumstances in Nauru

September 03, 2016

On the 3 October 2014 the then Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison MP announced a review into allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at Nauru.


This review looks into two main aspects:

  • Claims of sexual and other physical assault of transferees; and

  • Conduct and behaviour of staff members employed by contract service providers.

Working with asylum seekers in immigration detention: clinical and medical ethics update

August 29, 2016

A review of the adverse psychological and physical health effects of mandatory detention that have been observed by Doctors. The piece was published on crikey and written by Dr Peter Young, Dr Ai-Lene Chan and Professor David Isaacs.

What is it like to be a doctor in immigration detention centres?

August 29, 2016

An Opinion piece written for the Guardian by Dr Ai-Lene Chan, Doctors for Refugees Assistant secretary, in relation to her experiences on Nauru and Christmas Island.

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