Greens pledge to set up refugee health monitor
The proposal would involve commissioning an independent panel of mental health experts to rigorously monitor the needs and wellbeing of vulnerable people sent by Australia to Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
“The panel would be tasked with reporting on the health conditions inside detention camps, investigating deficiencies in care, and making recommendations for improving the medical and mental health care that refugees sent offshore can access,” the policy states.
Asylum seeker health advocate and professor of psychiatry at Monash University, Louise Newman, said it was a necessary measure that would give much needed transparency to existing processes.
“Currently there is no truly independent monitoring of offshore locations,” she told MO.
“It is concerning that the government has not