Doctors face jail for reporting asylum seeker abuse

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

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.

Doctors and other healthcare contractors to detention facilities will now be subject to a secrecy oath and will have to seek