Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium
Welcome to the GlobalHealth@UNSW Symposium
A symposium that took place on 27 May, 2014 to discuss the public health issues of Australia’s asylum seeker program and their relationship to human rights. It brought together academics, health practitioners, policy-makers and those with hands-on experience in detention centres.
“There is no such thing as a bogus asylum seeker or an illegal asylum seeker. Everybody has a right to seek asylum in another country” (UNHCR)
Australian Human Rights President, Professor Gillian Triggs' opening address at the Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention symposium, 27 May 2014.
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Highlights of the Asylum Seeker Symposium
Listen to excerpts from: Dr John Paul Sanggaran; Dr Karen Zwi; HREOC Present & Professor Gillian Triggs; Dr Michael Grewcock; Dr Ann Clarke; Mark Isaacs; Michael Moore. <Watch excerpt>
Dr Karen Zwi - Keynote Speaker
Conjoint Associate Professor with the School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW
Dr Zwi has recently returned from Christmas Island where she was the paediatrician for the Human Right Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. <Watch excerpt>
Dr John-Paul Sanggaran - Keynote Speaker
Dr Sanggaran was a Christmas island Medical Officer and co-author of the recent Letter of Concern about the standards of medical care and practices at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre. <Watch excerpt>
Dr Michael Grewcock
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology in the Faculty of Law, UNSW
Author of Border Crimes: Australia’s war on illicit migrants and several refereed articles and book chapters on Australia’s policies towards refugees. Chief Investigator on the ARC funded Australian Deportation Project and has also undertaken research into the policing of people smuggling. <Watch excerpt>
Hear Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, the President of the Human Rights Commission speak, as well as health workers who have seen the treatment of asylum seekers in detention speak about what they witnessed. <Watch the full symposium>
You can make a donation to the SPHCM Global Health Asylum Seeker Scholarship at UNSW by using your credit card through the University's secure donate online form. The Scholarship is designed for a recently settled asylum seeker or refugee undertaking a higher degree with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.