DARWIN PAEDIATRICIANS AND HEALTH WORKERS STAND AGAINST DETENTION HARM
> On Friday 30th October at 1pm, paediatricians and other health workers
> and researchers from Darwin will meet at the front of the Menzies
> Building on the Royal Darwin Hospital campus to make a public
> statement that Detention Harms Children.
> This will follow the weekly Paediatric Grand Round meeting which this
> week will focus on the impact of trauma on refugee and asylum seeker
> Like other health professionals around the country, we are deeply
> concerned about the devastating effects that the detention centre
> environment is having on children who are being detained by Australia.
> Staff from Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Lady Cilento
> Children’s Hospital in Brisbane have already made a stand, and
> tomorrow we will be joined by others in Sydney and Adelaide, all
> calling for the release of children and their families.
> We believe that Australians need to know about the harms caused by
> detention, to children and to families who have in many cases already
> had to flee significant hardship and persecution. We welcome media
> attention to the issue, and invite you to attend tomorrow at 1pm.
> Tomorrow’s event is being coordinated by concerned individuals, with
> support from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The views
> expressed do not represent the views of the Royal Darwin Hospital.
> For comment: Dr Joshua Francis, Paediatrician & Paediatric Infectious
> Diseases Specialist, 0423 528 381