Detention centre doctors risk jail if they speak out

Doctors working in asylum-seeker detention facilities face prosecution and two-year jail terms if they reveal details of the abuse or substandard care they have witnessed, lawyers say.

The little-known Australian Border Force Act 2015 enacted last month will have "far-reaching and disturbing consequences" for any healthcare worker who contracts to work on behalf of the Department of Immigration, according to the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

Doctors working at detention facilities will be subject to a