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Immigration detention and health

Christine B Phillips
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (2): 61-62.

On health grounds, immigration detention should be used in very limited ways

Christine B Phillips, MB BS, MPH, FRACGP, Senior Lecturer
Academic Unit of General Practice and Community Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
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