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AMA speaks out on health of asylum seeker detainees

On Wednesday 17 August AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton addressed the AMA Parliamentary Dinner, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in attendance.

He spoke on a range of issues affecting the medical profession but it was his comments regarding the impact of mandatory detention that garnered the most media attention, including on SKY News, the ABC (audio) and in newspapers including The Age and the Canberra Times.

Dr Hambleton said that "the system of mandatory detention of asylum seekers is inherently harmful to the physical and mental health of detainees".

"Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, we leave the politics of asylum seekers to you, but we urge both sides of politics to do all that is possible to ensure that these poor people are assured of access to quality healthcare," he said.

On Sunday 21 August Dr Hambleton spoke to Meet the Press (video) about this and other issues of national concern.

Visit the Federal AMA website for full transcripts of the speech and other interviews.


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