Asylum seekers and healthcare

Philip Ruddock, Derrick M Silove, Zachary Steel, George Halasz, Michael Block, Leon Petchkovsky, Howard Cooper, Martin B Van Der Weyden, Ruth M Armstrong and Helen M Randall
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04299.x
Published online: 21 January 2002

In reply: The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Mr Philip Ruddock, claims that our article contains several errors of fact and distortions. He does not comment on the substantive concerns of the article, but implies that the errors undermine the credibility of our finding — that prolonged detention of asylum seekers appears to cause serious psychological harm. In response, we will address the alleged errors of fact and then the credibility of the observations made in our article.

  • 1 Parliament House, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, VIC.
  • 4 95 Wattletree Road, Armadale, VIC.
  • 5 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 6 Victorian Child Psychiatry Training Department, Melbourne University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 7 Medical Journal of Australia, North Sydney, NSW.



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