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Responding to the Christmas Island health care crisis

Nigel R Armfield and Anthony C Smith
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (6): 319-320. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00262

To the Editor: Recent media reports of unsafe maternal and child health practices at the Christmas Island immigration detention centre suggest an alarming contrast between the care available to asylum seekers and that available to Australian nationals.1,2 The reports also appear at odds with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s factsheet that states: “All detainees in immigration detention have access to health care at a standard generally comparable to the health care available to the Australian community”3 — though the use of “generally” allows for unqualified departure from the standard.

  • Nigel R Armfield
  • Anthony C Smith

  • Centre for Online Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

Correspondence: n.r.armfield@uq.edu.au

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