The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has called upon the Federal Government to reunite the Biloela family as the youngest daughter receives medical care in Perth.
Chair of the RANZCP Asylum Seeker and Refugee Mental Health Network Committee, Dr Kym Jenkins, expressed concern for the mental health and wellbeing of the family and their unwell daughter.
‘It’s beyond understanding why the Federal Government would separate the family when one of their daughters is so unwell’, said Dr Jenkins.
‘It goes against everything we stand for as a country to continue to cause so much grief and suffering to this family.
‘To be separated from each other during a time of significant stress and anxiety simply compounds the already existing mental health and wellbeing issues they’re suffering in detention.
‘The prolonged and indefinite detention of this family, and other asylum seekers and refugees, violates their rights to liberty and freedom, as well as their rights to seek asylum without punishment on account of their method of entry into a territory.
‘This family, like many others, have suffered long enough and it’s time to end that suffering.’
The RANZCP Asylum Seeker and Refugee Mental Health Network Committee strongly urges the government to release people in detention facilities who do not pose a significant security or health risk into suitable community housing, and to enable them to manage their health and wellbeing and successful integration into the community.
For more information and for all other expert mental health information, visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.
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