With the Senate expected to vote on the repeal of the Medevac Bill this week, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has renewed calls for the Senate to heed the unified advice of Australia’s leading medical colleges.
The Presidents of 11 medical colleges in Australia have been united in asking Parliament to maintain the Medevac legislation that allows for the transfer, to Australia, of those held in offshore detention to receive necessary medical treatment.
At its recent meeting, the RANZCP Members’ Advisory Council (MAC), a group consisting of representatives from across all the RANZCP branches, faculties and sections, also voiced their strong support of the call to save Medevac.
The RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan, has once again stressed the importance of this legislation and asks the Senate to vote against the repeal.
‘Repealing this life-saving legislation would mean taking away the basic human right of access to necessary and appropriate medical care’, said Associate Professor Allan.
‘The consequences for removing the medevac process would be severe, causing irreparable damage to the physical and mental health of those held in offshore detention.
‘The RANZCP strongly urges Senate to maintain the standard of health care that has been achieved through the Medevac legislation.’
The role of the MAC is to provide a forum for members to raise and discuss issues, provide feedback and advice to the Board on a variety of issues. The MAC is made up of the College’s Board Directors, plus representatives from all Branches, Faculties, Sections and the New Zealand National Committee as well as the College’s community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori mental health committees.
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