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The RANZCP calls on Senate to heed advice of medical authorities

13 November 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has called on the Australian Parliament to heed the advice given by 11 of Australia’s leading medical bodies.

Earlier in October, the presidents of leading medical colleges asked parliament to maintain the Medevac legislation and Independent Health Assessment Panel (IHAP) process.

With the Bill repealing the Medevac legislation due to be voted on in the Senate, following the recent release of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee report, the RANZCP has reiterated their concerns for the health and wellbeing of an already vulnerable population.

The physical and mental consequences for those held in offshore detention would be severe if the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 is passed and the ability of medical experts to make decisions about the health care of seriously ill individuals will be restricted.

The RANZCP believes that the IHAP is a valuable safeguard for the government, the people in offshore detention and the medical practitioners that provide their care.

We urge the Senate to prioritise and protect the health of this vulnerable population.

Read more in the RANZCP Submission to the Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019. 

For all other expert mental health information visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.

ENQUIRIES: For more information, or to arrange an interview call Sarah Carr on +61 437 315 911, or email