About this Project

The Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project aims to secure humane standards of medical and mental health care for asylum seekers in Australian immigration detention centres.

Despite the high levels of trauma suffered by asylum seekers and the damage to mental health caused by long-term, indefinite detention, conditions in immigration detention centres – including rights of access to essential health care – are unprotected in legislation. The Federal Court has described this as a ‘legislative vacuum’.  

Through test cases and policy advocacy, PIAC is working to change the system. 

If you would like to get in touch, please contact project lead, Jane Leibowitz jleibowitz@piac.asn.au

Funding for the 2019-20 financial year has been gratefully received from the Australian Communities Foundation (Williams Fund), The Ross Trust, Planet Wheeler Foundation, River Capital Foundation and Modara Pines Charitable Foundation.

Foundational support for the project was provided by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, The Ross Trust, Collier Charitable Fund, Modara Pines Charitable Foundation, Igniting Change, Spotlight Foundation and Australian Communities Foundation (B B & A Miller Fund).

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