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Immigration Health Advisory Group Sacked

Tuesday 17th December / presented by James Hall

The Abbott-led Government has dissolved the independent committee that provides advice on the health needs of asylum seekers – less than a week after Amnesty released a damning report on the conditions at the Manus Island detention centre.

The Immigration Health Advisory Group (IHAG) consisted of medical professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists and GPs.

It was formed in 2006.

The group’s chairman Dr Paul Alexander – an Australian Defence Force medical expert – is now the only departmental medical officer providing advice, but health professionals say he doesn’t have enough experience in mental health.

Former chair of IHAG Professor Louise Newman is concerned there’s no formal independent process of reviewing the situation facing asylum seekers in detention.

I spoke with Professor Newman earlier…

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