Detention gag orders make it impossible for doctors to do their job

Louise Newman, Professor of Psychaitry at University of Melbourne, writes –

From July, doctors will no longer be able to fulfil their ethical and professional obligations to report mistreatment of detainees. Under new legislation, passed last month with the support of both major parties, health professionals may be sentenced to two years in jail for the unauthorised disclosure of information about conditions in detention centres.

While it has always been hard to work with immigration, it may now be impossible.

Detention gag orders make it impossible for doctors to do their job