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Nauru: doctors or policy makers?

Nauru: doctors or policy makers?

Australian doctors have hit back at the President of Nauru’s claims that refugee children in detention are self-harming to “short-circuit” the system to get to Australia.

Professor Louise Newman from Doctors for Justice is a twit. Any fool knows that many unwanted and uninvited interlopers crashing our borders are scum. And as scum does games the system by any means to get their snouts into the Centrelink trough. If Louise doesn’t know that perhaps she should give up screwing with feeble minds and run for political office under the Greens banner. Now these medico fools have created a bloody BS medical term, Traumatic Withdrawal Syndrome [TWS], also known as Resignation Syndrome. It’s same affliction most of us get when we read such nonsense from a psychiatrist at Monash University.
Source: ABC

Doctors reject Nauru President Baron Waqa’s claims refugee advocates ‘pushing’ kids in detention to self-harm

In an interview with Sky News on Saturday, President Baron Waqa claimed refugee advocates, along with the children’s parents, were “pushing” refugee children to self-harm.

“We tend to think … these kids are pushed into doing something they’re not aware of and the dangers of, if that is the case we are extremely worried,” Mr Waqa said.

“It’s the way of working the system, probably short-circuiting it, just to get to Australia.”

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Professor Louise Newman from Doctors for Justice said the claims were wrong.

“I reject any suggestions that refugee advocates were to blame for children self-harming on Nauru,” Dr Newman said.

The ABC’s 7.30 program recently detailed the conditions and trauma some of the 112 child asylum-seekers face in detention on Nauru.

Leaked documents compiled by immigration workers and obtained by 7.30 revealed a shocking spate of recent self-harm incidents.

“The crisis of mental illness among children on Nauru is real. Children are repeatedly attempting suicide by lethal means,” Dr Newman said.

“There has been a disturbing rise in cases of Traumatic Withdrawal Syndrome [TWS], also known as Resignation Syndrome.

“These conditions are increasing as a direct result of prolonged detention, limited access to child and adolescent mental health care, and severe stress in families. Children are at the end of their capacity to withstand the trauma of this situation.” Dr Newman said.

“Conditions such as TWS are a response to severe trauma and have been described in other countries among asylum-seeker and refugee children. It is a sign that the situation on Nauru is unsafe and damaging.”

Mr Waqa said, “we can see a hike in these sorts of incidences lately … never before, and for us, children, they’re our concern, our own children, refugee children as well, we provide them education, quality education, health services, everything.”

“And they’re free to roam around they make friends with Nauruan kids. Just like kids around the world they’re all happy,” he said.

“Refugee advocates are always there, and the parents are the ones as well … and we are investigating a lot of these incidences.”

The Director of the National Justice Project, lawyer George Newhouse, said, “the President of Nauru was not qualified to make medical assessments and that his approach to children with diagnosed illnesses was putting their lives at risk”.

Mr Waqa also accused the ABC of “dishonest” reporting and denied claims that the country’s ban on the ABC covering the international forum was against press freedom.

“We invite a lot of people and a lot of media organisations coming [sic],” he said.

“We’re open, for ABC … not at this time.”

The Pacific Islands Forum is currently underway, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison sending Foreign Minister Marise Payne to attend in his place.

In July, the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery issued a statement saying it would not cover the forum on Nauru unless it reversed its ban on the ABC.

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  • Pensioner Pete 02/09/2018, 5:32 am

    Never fear, a Labor Government is almost here, then our country’s borders will become open slather for the illegals short circuiting the immigration system to the detriment of honest immigrant applicants. Boats, boats and more boats.

    • DT 02/09/2018, 6:38 am

      As Rudd Labor did when they abandoned the working well to stop the boats Howard Government Pacific Solution.

      And angered the Indonesian Government that had been cooperating to deal with the people smuggling because Rudd Labor failed to notify them of the intention to abandon Pacific Solution.

  • DT 02/09/2018, 6:35 am

    Detainees in offshore detention centres have had their application for asylum rejected and have lost appeals against that decision. Obviously because their claim to be at risk in their homeland was fictitious.

    They are therefore free to request permission to return home and if they do not have a passport, having arrived by Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel with no passport, a travel document one-way will be issued to them.

    So there is no reason for self harm other than determination to get to Australia, and advocates have a history of encouraging stunts to try and gain public sympathy and support for their clients.

    • Penguinite 02/09/2018, 8:01 am

      100% correct. Naru is no a prison any longer. The “guests” can move about the island quite freely. They just can’t come to Australia!

  • Phil 02/09/2018, 7:42 am

    Oh for the good old days when invaders were repelled and the freedom of a country’s citizens was sacrosanct.
    You’ve got guilt throwers and guilt catchers in life. while ever there is a guilt catcher there will be countless guilt throwers to cope with. Send these people back to where ever to sort out the problems which they have created in their own countries rather than support them in bringing the corrupt attitudes which stuffed their own society to take root over here.

    Take note of the Palestinian response to Trump’s withdrawal of UNRWA aid. They clearly don’t see the aid that the US has been giving them for decades as an adjunct to finding peace with the Israelis but rather an ongoing right, an obligation of the US to contribute to further the tensions with Israel. Endless aid programs don’t work they simply get taken for granted and abused.

    • DT 02/09/2018, 7:55 am

      Man-made global warming climate change, carbon dioxide is carbon pollution, send more money ….

      Africa, Pacific Islands, …..

      • Pensioner Pete 02/09/2018, 8:11 am

        Oh where is a 80 metre tidal wave when we need one?

  • bushwanker 02/09/2018, 9:07 am

    Armed civil conflict is just around the corner in the USA, UK, France, Sweden Germany and possibly Australia. right against left, PC against common sense, warmistas against deniers & Muslims against Christians.

    • Zoltan 02/09/2018, 2:28 pm

      I just hope it all kicks off before I’m too old to get involved

  • Clarion Call 02/09/2018, 6:50 pm

    Yes, Zoltie…..even I have deferred extended old age until further notice to the Centre For Ole Timers. I want to witness the coming war against the left wing fanatics and those crazy PC/humanities circle jerks. I will walk (shuffle) down the main roads to look up and see that every lamp post is host to one of these raving idiots. Then perhaps we can revert back to the ‘good old days’ when everybody was happy with their lot. Can’t wait.

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