How Australian doctors won a major victory for ethics and democracy


Activism on refugees proves that our profession cannot be intimidated into silence, writes Dr David Berger.

Doctor-activism in Australia has a reputation for being a little bit selfish. 

Medicare fee schedules tend to be the big issue that gets people’s blood boiling. 

But in 2015 doctors across Australia took part in spontaneous silent protests at the secrecy provisions in the newly legislated Border Force Act.

Under the laws, health professionals and others who released information about