ANMF statement regarding pregnant asylum seeker

Friday 27th January, 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is supporting other health professionals in calling for a heavily-pregnant asylum seeker suffering serious health complications to be flown from the Nauru detention centre for urgent medical treatment.

The woman is more than 35 weeks pregnant and has a large benign tumour on the wall of her uterus. Her unborn baby is in a breech position.

ANMF Acting Federal Secretary Annie Butler says the woman must be provided with specialist medical care on the Australian mainland for her sake and the sake of her unborn baby.

Ms Butler said the ANMF will not stand back and allow the woman's condition to deteriorate any further and will be stepping-up the pressure on the Turnbull Government to act immediately.

The ANMF, with over to 259,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

ANMF media inquiries: 0411 254 390