Nurses from the international community condemn Australia's appalling treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
The Global Nurses United (GNU), representing nurses from 21 countries on every continent, says the Australian Government’s current policy of indefinite detention, which is supported by the major Opposition party, is cruel and inhumane and must stop.
It is morally reprehensible that babies and young children are being imprisoned in unsanitary and dangerous conditions on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island.
Nurses and doctors in Australia continue to warn about the shocking impact that mandatory detention is having on babies and children: physically, mentally and emotionally.
As a civilized, global society, the GNU says we cannot allow the Australian Government to maintain its hard-line position on asylum seekers, whilst children as young as six are attempting suicide.
The GNU is pleading with the Australian Government to immediately release children and their families from detention.
The GNU also supports nurses and other health professionals in Australia advocating for a change in the Government’s policy, who risk being sent to jail for up to two years if they speak out about patients in detention, under the Border Force Act 2015.
Nurses have a legal and moral obligation duty to carry out best patient care.
Nurses working in detention centres must therefore be allowed to meet their professional and ethical obligations and report any sub-standard care, abuse or harm of their patients held in detention.
Kenneth S. Zinn, Political Director