Child detainee’s attempted suicide not isolated, doctor says

A DARWIN doctor has told a parliamentary inquiry that a nine-year-old child in immigration detention tried to commit suicide.

Dr Peter Morris, from the Northern Territory branch of the AMA, told the inquiry into Australia's detention network he was aware of the case, which occurred in May.

Dr Morris, who works at the Royal Darwin Hospital, later told AAP that it was not an isolated incident with other children from the centre having also been treated, some for self-harm.

According to Dr Morris there were about two adults turning up at the emergency department of the Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment each day.

A hospital spokeswoman asked to comment referred the matter to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

A DIAC spokeswoman said she could not comment on the claims while the parliamentary inquiry was underway.

The news follows a public stand by federal AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton