Ethical challenges for doctors working in immigration detention

John-Paul Sanggaran, Grant M Ferguson and Bridget G Haire
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (7): 377-378. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01014

The health of asylum seekers in Australia's immigration detention centres has been the subject of a doctors' letter of concern and two recent reports.1-3 Here, we present an analysis of the ethical dilemmas faced by health practitioners working in these centres1 and seek to promote a strong and considered policy discussion.

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  • John-Paul Sanggaran1
  • Grant M Ferguson2
  • Bridget G Haire1

  • 1 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Neonatology, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

John-Paul Sanggaran and Grant Ferguson worked as medical officers at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre during July–November 2013 and coauthored the doctors' letter of concern.1


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