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Concern over treatment of young people at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

26 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply concerned about footage obtained by the ABC’s Four Corners program, showing the abhorrent treatment of young people at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin.

‘Youth in juvenile detention are an incredibly vulnerable population with often high rates of social disadvantage, mental disorders or substance abuse problems, and the RANZCP believes that appropriate physical and mental health care must be provided to all being cared for within this system’, said RANZCP President Professor Malcolm Hopwood.

‘The RANZCP has serious concerns over the likely mental health impacts that will be experienced in the longer term as a result of such treatment, and welcomes the immediate actions of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NT Chief Minister Adam Giles in calling for the establishment of a joint Royal Commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention.’

As the leading organisation representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand, the RANZCP and its members look forward to the opportunity to work with the Territory and Federal Governments to improve the care and mental health outcomes of all youth in juvenile detention.

See also media release by the Mental Health Professionals’ Association (MHPA).
The MHPA is a collaborative alliance of the RANZCP,  the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian Psychological Society, and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. 

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