Removal of MSF doctors on Nauru poses fatal risk for refugees

'This is a life-threatening situation,' warns professor of psychiatry

A decision to remove mental health doctors from Nauru could result in the loss of life, experts are warning.

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On Friday, the Nauru Government ordered Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF) to immediately stop all mental health work on the island despite recent reports of self-harm incidents among refugee and asylum-seeker children.

Professor Louise Newman, a former government adviser on asylum-seeker and refugee mental health, says the withdrawal of psychological services is likely to exacerbate mental health problems among those on the island.

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