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Between resistance and complicity, the Australian healthcare community and 30 years of immigration detention

Between resistance and complicity, the Australian healthcare community and 30 years of immigration detention

Essex, Ryan ORCID: 0000-0003-3497-3137 and Kalocsanyiova, Erika ORCID: 0000-0002-3535-1084 (2022) Between resistance and complicity, the Australian healthcare community and 30 years of immigration detention. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. ISSN 1557-1912 (Print), 1557-1920 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-022-01389-7)

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Abstract

This year marks 30 years since Australia introduced its policy of mandatory, indefinite immigration detention. We provide an overview of these policies with a focus on the involvement of healthcare workers, both within centres and externally, protesting these policies. We discuss several lessons that can be learnt from Australia's approach, namely that traditional approaches to health and healthcare have done little to address the suffering of those who are detained. We call for the healthcare community to consider their role in activism and in calling for the abolition of detention. These lessons sadly have increasing global relevance with several countries now seeking to emulate Australia's cruelty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: refugee; health; immigration detention; ethics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Chronic Illness and Ageing
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Mental Health
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Professional Workforce Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Health Sciences (HEA)
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 14:46
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/37031

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