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Cohen JR. Asylum seekers' health needs. With what right do we detain? BMJ. 2010 Aug 27;341:c4695. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c4695. PubMed PMID: 20801982.

Cohen D. Asylum seekers in detention centres receive poor medical care, MPsays. BMJ. 2008 Dec 16;337:a3022. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a3022. PubMed PMID: 19088138.

Schwarz-Nielsen KH, Elklitt A. An evaluation of the mental status of rejected asylum seekers in two Danish asylum centers.Torture. 2009;19(1):51-9. PubMed PMID: 19491487.

Bird S. Failure to use an interpreter. Aust Fam Physician. 2010 Apr;39(4):241-2. PubMed PMID: 20372686.

Mares S. Fifteen years of detaining children who seek asylum in Australia - evidence and consequences. Australas Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;24(1):11-4. doi: 10.1177/1039856215620029. PubMed PMID: 26646602.

Sanggaran JP, Haire B, Zion D. The Health Care Consequences Of Australian Immigration Policies. PLoS Med. 2016 Feb 16;13(2):e1001960. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001960. Review. PubMed PMID: 26881751; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4755566.

Green JP, Eagar K. The health of people in Australian immigration detention centres. Med J Aust. 2010 Jan 18;192(2):65-70. PubMed PMID: 20078404.

Phillips CB. Immigration detention and health. Med J Aust. 2010 Jan 18;192(2):61-2. PubMed PMID: 20078402.

Puthoopparambil SJ, Ahlberg BM, Bjerneld M. "It is a thin line to walk on":challenges of staff working at Swedish immigration detention centres. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2015 Mar 31;10:25196. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v10.25196. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25833827; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4382596.

Johnston V, Allotey P, Mulholland K, Markovic M. Measuring the health impact of human rights violations related to Australian asylum policies and practices: a mixed methods study. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2009 Feb 3;9:1. doi: 10.1186/1472-698X-9-1. PubMed PMID: 19192307; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2649030.

Robjant K, Hassan R, Katona C. Mental health implications of detaining asylum seekers: systematic review. Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Apr;194(4):306-12. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.108.053223. Review. PubMed PMID: 19336779.

Procter NG, De Leo D, Newman L. Suicide and self-harm prevention for people in immigration detention. Med J Aust. 2013 Dec 16;199(11):730-2. PubMed PMID: 24329621.


Newman LK, Steel Z. The child asylum seeker: psychological and developmental impact of immigration detention.Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2008 Jul;17(3):665-83, x. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2008.02.009. PubMed PMID: 18558318.

Essex R. A Community Standard: Equivalency of Healthcare in Australian Immigration Detention. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Aug;19(4):974-981. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0438-7. PubMed PMID: 27220966.

McLoughlin P, Warin M. Corrosive places, inhuman spaces: mental health in Australian immigration detention. Health Place. 2008 Jun;14(2):254-64. Epub 2007 Jul 10. PubMed PMID: 17693119.

Essex R. Ethics, Foreseeability, and Tragedy in Australian Immigration Detention. J Bioeth Inq. 2015 Dec;12(4):537-9. doi: 10.1007/s11673-015-9676-y. PubMed PMID: 26626066.

Dudley M. Helping professionals and Border Force secrecy: effective asylum-seeker healthcare requires independence from callous policies. Australas Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;24(1):15-8. doi: 10.1177/1039856215623354. PubMed PMID: 26819402.

Maglen K. Inside truths: 'truth' and mental illness in the Australian asylum seeker and detention debates. Monash Bioeth Rev. 2007 Oct;26(4):47-66. PubMed PMID: 20433096.

Procter NG, Kenny MA, Eaton H, Grech C. Lethal hopelessness: Understanding and responding to asylum seeker distress and mental deterioration. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2018 Feb;27(1):448-454. doi: 10.1111/inm.12325. Epub 2017 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 28322492.

McKenzie KC. Loud, Gray, and Arbitrary - The Compounding Trauma of Detention for Asylum Seekers. N Engl J Med. 2019 Feb 28;380(9):807-809. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1816400. PubMed PMID: 30811908.

Coffey GJ, Kaplan I, Sampson RC, Tucci MM. The meaning and mental health consequences of long-term immigration detention for people seeking asylum. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jun;70(12):2070-9. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.02.042. Epub 2010 Mar 20. PubMed PMID: 20378223.

Lorek A, Ehntholt K, Nesbitt A, Wey E, Githinji C, Rossor E, Wickramasinghe R. The mental and physical health difficulties of children held within a British immigration detention center: a pilot study. Child Abuse Negl. 2009 Sep;33(9):573-85. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.10.005. Epub 2009 Oct 6. PubMed PMID: 19811830.

Young P, Gordon MS. Mental health screening in immigration detention: A fresh look at Australian government data.Australas Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;24(1):19-22. doi: 10.1177/1039856215624247. PubMed PMID: 26755798.

Adler R. One psychiatrist's experience of visiting offshore processing centres for people seeking asylum in Australia.Australas Psychiatry. 2015 Sep 23. pii: 1039856215604485. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26405075.

Graf M, Wermuth P, Häfeli D, Weisert A, Reagu S, Pflüger M, Taylor P, Dittmann V, Jones R. Prevalence of mental disorders among detained asylum seekers in deportation arrest in Switzerland and validation of the Brief Jail Mental Health Screen BJMHS. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2013 May-Aug;36(3-4):201-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2013.04.009. Epub 2013 Apr 30. PubMed PMID: 23642321.

Steel Z, Momartin S, Bateman C, Hafshejani A, Silove DM, Everson N, Roy K, Dudley M, Newman L, Blick B, Mares S. Psychiatric status of asylum seeker families held for a protracted period in a remote detention centre in Australia.Aust N Z J Public Health. 2004 Dec;28(6):527-36. PubMed PMID: 15707201.

Puthoopparambil SJ, Bjerneld M, Källestål C. Quality of life among immigrants in Swedish immigration detention centres: a cross-sectional questionnaire study. Glob Health Action. 2015 Jul 17;8:28321. doi: 10.3402/gha.v8.28321. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26193898.

Young P, Walker K, McDonald A, Seibuhr L, Melidonis N, Argyle N, McKeough G, Tomar A, Absalan F. Comment on Newman L, Proctor N and Dudley M. Seeking asylum in Australia: immigration detention, human rights and mental health care.(Australasian Psychiatry 21(4) Aug 2013; 315-320). Australas Psychiatry. 2014 Apr;22(2):203-4. doi: 10.1177/1039856213519146. PubMed PMID: 24715312.

Berger D, Miles SH. Should doctors boycott working in Australia's immigration detention centres? BMJ. 2016 Mar 22;352:i1600. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i1600. PubMed PMID: 27006418.

Cleveland J, Kronick R, Gros H, Rousseau C. Symbolic violence and disempowerment as factors in the adverse impact of immigration detention on adult asylum seekers' mental health. Int J Public Health. 2018 Nov;63(8):1001-1008. doi: 10.1007/s00038-018-1121-7. Epub 2018 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 29860657.

Steel Z, Momartin S, Silove D, Coello M, Aroche J, Tay KW. Two year psychosocial and mental health outcomes for refugees subjected to restrictive or supportive immigration policies. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Apr;72(7):1149-56. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.02.007. Epub 2011 Mar 1. PubMed PMID: 21427011.


Johnston V. Australian asylum policies: have they violated the right to health of asylum seekers? Aust N Z J Public Health. 2009 Feb;33(1):40-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00336.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 19236357.

Hodes M. The mental health of detained asylum seeking children. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Jul;19(7):621-3. doi: 10.1007/s00787-010-0093-9. Epub 2010 Jan 30. PubMed PMID: 20119746.

Mental illness in Australian immigration detention centres. Lancet. 2010 Feb 6;375(9713):434. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60179-1. PubMed PMID: 20152528.

Newman L, Lightfoot T, Singleton G, Aroche J, Yong CS, Eagar S, Gordon A, Kotala P, Whelan A, Whittaker M; Detention Health Advisory Group (DeHAG). Mental illness in Australian immigration detention centres. Lancet. 2010 Apr 17;375(9723):1344-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60571-5. PubMed PMID: 20399975.

Johnson H, Thompson A, Downs M. Non-Western interpreters' experiences of trauma: the protective role of culture following exposure to oppression. Ethn Health. 2009 Aug;14(4):407-18. doi: 10.1080/13557850802621449. PubMed PMID: 19259848.

Robjant K, Robbins I, Senior V. Psychological distress amongst immigration detainees: a cross-sectional questionnaire study.Br J Clin Psychol. 2009 Sep;48(Pt 3):275-86. doi: 10.1348/014466508X397007. Epub 2009 Feb 5. PubMed PMID: 19200410.

Koutroulis G. Public health metaphors in Australian policy on asylum seekers. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2009 Feb;33(1):47-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00337.x. PubMed PMID: 19236358.

McCall C. Urgent medical attention needed for people on Nauru. Lancet. 2018 Oct 27;392(10157):1507-1508. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32627-8. PubMed PMID: 30496050.



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