Human rights
Dr Kerryn Phelps

Doctors will have greater powers to evacuate asylum-seekers currently held in Australia’s offshore detention centres after Dr Kerryn Phelps' medivac bill finally passed federal parliament.


Geir O'Rourke13th February 2019

A bill to allow the medical transfer of asylum-seekers, held in off-shore detention centres, to Australia was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this week. 

In a historic defeat for the

There is a lot of hype around Dr Kerryn Phelps’ asylum-seeker medivac proposal — but neither its advocates nor its detractors have been very clear about what it would actually do.

On Monday, Prime

Granting doctors more power to evacuate asylum seekers out of offshore detention facilities would jeopardise national security, the federal government has warned.

Independent MP Dr Kerryn Phelps has

An Australian doctor who blew the whistle on the medical neglect and mistreatment of refugees and asylum-seekers on Nauru has won an international free speech award.

Dr Nick Martin, who was the most

Medicine need not be confined to the role of cultural bellwether, a sheep with a bell on its neck that reveals where the whole flock is headed.

Along with other professions such as law, clergy and

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The Australian government has been urged to consider changing the organ donation system to an ‘opt-out’ scheme to combat the rise of human organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

A parliamentary

Half a dozen children will spend Christmas on Nauru as the Federal Government pulled out all stops on Thursday to delay a vote on Dr Kerryn Phelps' medivac bill until early next year.

The delay means

Doctors would be given the final say in the urgent medical evacuation of asylum-seekers in offshore detention under new laws introduced by independent MP Dr Kerryn Phelps.

If passed, the laws would

In an employment drive to make Australian rural recruiters weep with envy, the Brazilian health ministry claims to have filled almost 20,000 vacant doctor roles in just three days, after the departure

Human rights violations are rare in the Australian health system, but are not unknown.

Last month, a Supreme Court of Victoria judgement ruled on the case of a patient with schizophrenia who was