Psychiatrists risk jail for reporting asylum-seeker abuse

Psychiatrists and other doctors who speak out about conditions in offshore detention centres can be jailed for up to two years under a law that comes into effect on 1 July.  

The Australian Border Force Act 2015 makes it an offence for an “entrusted person” to make a record of, or disclose protected information.

The Act defines entrusted persons as employees or contractors of services being provided to offshore detention centres, including the International Health and Medical Services (IHMS).

Dr Louise Newman, professor of