Ethical challenges for doctors working in immigration detention

Peter Young
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01361
Published online: 17 August 2015

The perspectives of Sanggaran and colleagues accurately highlight many of the ethical dilemmas facing doctors working at the front line in immigration detention.1

  • Sydney, NSW

Competing interests:

Until August 2014, I was the Medical Director of Mental Health Services for International Health and Medical Services, the health services provider contracted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

  • 1. Sanggaran J-P, Ferguson GM, Haire BG. Ethical challenges for doctors working in immigration detention. Med J Aust 2014; 201: 377–378. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Australian Medical Association. Medical ethics in custodial settings 2013 [position statement]. Canberra: AMA, 2013 (amended 2015).
  • 3. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Good governance for prison health in the 21st century: a policy brief on the organization of prison health. Copenhagen: WHO, 2013.
  • 4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Prisoner health services in Australia 2012. (AIHW Bulletin No. 123. Cat. No. AUS 183.) Canberra: AIHW, 2014.


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