Forum: Health Care Denied in Australian Immigration Detention

Join an expert panel discussing barriers to health care experienced by asylum seekers in Australian immigration detention.

About this event

PIAC is proud to launch its latest report, ‘Healthcare denied: Medevac and the long wait for essential medical treatment in Australian immigration detention’.

The report reveals that despite the intentions of the Medevac scheme, the Commonwealth is failing to provide basic medical care for people in Australian immigration detention.

The impact of this failure is severe. Delayed treatment and long-term confinement have compounded existing medical conditions with terrible consequences.

The report demonstrates urgent reform is needed to ensure health care in immigration detention is equivalent to Australian community standards.

Join an expert panel to explore creative and effective advocacy strategies to improve the quality, timeliness and oversight of healthcare for asylum seekers.

If you have any requirements that will assist you to participate in this event, please email [email protected] or telephone (02) 8898 6500.


Thanush Selvarasa

Thanush is a refugee from Sri Lanka. He was detained on Manus Island for 7 years before being transferred to Australian onshore immigration detention for urgent treatment under the Medevac scheme. He was finally released in January 2021.

Guy Coffey

Guy Coffey is a clinical psychologist and a lawyer who has conducted psychological assessments of detained asylum seekers for the past 20 years.

Craig Foster AM

Craig Foster is a former Socceroo and is a leading refugee rights advocate. He has decades of experience in broadcasting, government and diplomacy and social justice.

Lucy Geddes

A Senior Strategic Litigation Solicitor, Lucy leads PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project. She has more than 10 years’ experience working on access to justice in Australia and internationally.

Event details

When: Monday 6 December 2021, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ADST

Where: Webinar access access details will be emailed prior to the event.

Enquiries: If you have any requirements that will assist you to participate in this event, please email [email protected] or call (02) 8989 6500


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