As Doctors Working on Nauru, We Thought We Were Helping. Now I Know We Were Not

October 15, 2018

(The Guardian) – When I worked on Nauru as a medical officer for refugees and asylum seekers, I never saw myself as part of the problem. But since I returned to Australia I have increasingly come to question my role in a system that is antithetical to medical ethics. The ongoing human rights travesty that is indefinite mandatory detention and the treatment of asylum seekers there never seems to be far away from the news. Since returning I’ve watched the Australian Medical Association, the United Nations, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and all the other major medical colleges and charities speaking out against the system.

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