The Australian Medical Students’ Association, the peak representative body of Australia’s 17,000 medical students, has welcomed news that a refugee from Nauru with a terminal diagnosis of lung cancer has been transferred to Australia for appropriate palliative care.
Both the Australian Border Force and the Department of Home Affairs had previously refused the transfer.
Ms Adele Evans, the coordinator of AMSA Crossing Borders, AMSA’s advocacy group for refugee and asylum seeker health, on 25 June said the health-care services on Nauru are not equipped to take care of the man.
“The end of a man’s life is not a time for politics. He has the right to treatment and pain relief in Australia,” Ms Evans said.
Patient’s right of care
“ABF and DoHA have acknowledged this patient’s right to care in Australia, and we hope to see continuing of treatment of other refugees under Australia’s care.
“The man’s case is not unique. There are many other refugees and asylum seekers in detention centres who are receiving inadequate health care,” Ms Evans said.
AMSA believes that asylum-seekers’ health, especially their mental health, continues to deteriorate as they are indefinitely detained
“Australia is failing to provide refugees and asylum seekers with access to appropriate health care,” Ms Evans said. “DoHA has repeatedly claimed that refugees and asylum seekers in detention
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