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Seeking asylum: health and human rights in Australia

Joshua R Francis, Sarah Cherian and David Forbes
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (2): 99-100. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10030
Published online: 22 July 2013

To the Editor: We congratulate Newman for her editorial advocating a humane response to the health needs of asylum seekers in Australia.1 Recently, we have been involved in the care of two such vulnerable children, referred by non-specialist doctors at a remote detention centre and transported to Perth, Western Australia, for emergency management and paediatric subspecialist input. These cases illustrate some of the unique medical and psychological problems affecting this population, and the potential risks associated with inadequate provision of health services.

  • Joshua R Francis1
  • Sarah Cherian1
  • David Forbes2

  • 1 Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, WA.
  • 2 School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.


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