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Psychiatrist calls for overhaul of immigration detention

There are calls for a major overhaul of the way immigration detention centres are run following the findings of a coronial inquest in the Northern Territory.

One of Australia’s foremost academics in psychiatry has called for a major overhaul of the way immigration detention centres are run following the findings of a coronial inquest in the Northern Territory.

A 62 year old Afghan-born man, Haidar Ali Ikhtiyar, died at the Wickham Point Detention Centre in Darwin on June 15, 2013.

Two weeks before he died, a coronial inquest heard, a Serco officer at the centre had been told that Mr Ikhtiyar had asked other detainees how to commit suicide.

In his report, Northern Territory Coroner Greg Kavanagh said it was of serious concern that the Serco officer had not passed on these concerns to clinicians who were treating Mr Ikhtiyar.

Professor Louise Newman from the University of Melbourne has conducted extensive research on the mental health challenges facing asylum seekers in immigration detention.

She has told Michael Kenny, the case involving the Afghan asylum seeker reflects broader systemic flaws in the way all Australian detention centres are being run.

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Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/04/psychiatrist-calls-overhaul-immigration-detentiondocument.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);

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