One psychiatrist’s experience of visiting offshore processing centres for people seeking asylum in Australia

From Australasian Psychiatry

The current focus on refugees reaching Europe via the Mediterranean is a matter of concern for the entire world. Australia has been criticised for its treatment of asylum seekers who arrive by boat.  Those in offshore detention run the risk of becoming Australia’s ‘Forgotten People.’ This article intends to describe the author’s experience of visiting Christmas Island and Nauru offshore detention centres as a visiting child and adolescent psychiatrist in the context of his own experience as a refugee from Europe after WWII.

 

Abstract

Objective: To describe the author’s experience of visiting Christmas Island and Nauru offshore detention centres as a visiting child and adolescent psychiatrist in the context of his own experience as a refugee from Europe after WWII.

Method: Following a visit to Nauru the author wrote to the Prime Minister and leader of the Opposition expressing his objections to the policies of recent Coalition and Labor Governments.

Results: His actions have led to the author not being invited to return to these centres as a visiting psychiatrist.

Conclusions: The author acknowledges the importance of stopping the boats and proposes that a more humane approach is needed for asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

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Article details
Robert Adler
One psychiatrist’s experience of visiting offshore processing centres for people seeking asylum in AustraliaAustralas Psychiatry 1039856215604485, first published on September 23, 2015 doi:10.1177/1039856215604485

 

 

 

     
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