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Seeking asylum: health and human rights in Australia

Louise K Newman
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): 596-597.
doi:
10.5694/mja12.11515

The medical profession must advocate for a humane response to asylum seekers

Louise K Newman, BA(Hons), MB BS(Hons), FRANZCP, Director
Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
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