Update to the Standards for health services in Australian immigration detention facilities
The RACGP is currently in the process of updating the Standards for health services in Australian immigration detention facilities (IDF Standards). The IDF Standards are written principally for the multidisciplinary teams of health professionals who provide care to people detained in Australian immigration detention facilities.
The IDF Standards aim to address the quality and safety of the healthcare provided to people detained in Australian immigration detention facilities.
The IDF module within these standards will provide setting specific Indicators that, along with the Core and Quality Improvement (QI) modules, form in essence the same standards that apply to, and are expected of, general practice healthcare delivered to the Australian community.
The RACGP will release the next draft of the IDF Standards for further stakeholder consultation in tandem with its pilot this year. This will give stakeholders an opportunity to see how feedback received throughout 2020 was incorporated and provide further comments.
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Caring for patients in immigration centres
Appropriate health care is a basic human right in any civil society, and the RACGP has long advocated that all people living in Australia should have access to high quality primary health care.
In 2006, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) sought the RACGP’s assistance to develop standards for health services in immigration detention centres.
The Standards for health services in Australian immigration detention centres were released in 2007.
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