FASSTT REMAINS CONCERNED ABOUT THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF REFUGEES IN PNG AND NAURU

The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) remains concerned about the health and wellbeing of refugee survivors of torture and trauma who continue to be housed in facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.

FASSTT is a network of Australia’s eight specialist rehabilitation agencies that work with survivors of torture and trauma of refugee backgrounds.  FASSTT has expressed concern about the welfare of detainees in Nauru and Manus Island for a number of years.

Specialist torture and trauma services were removed from Manus Island in October 2017. The current level of mental health service provision falls far short of the level and type of support required.

We hold grave concerns for the health and wellbeing of those refugees remaining in PNG and urge the Australian Government to act immediately to ensure the provision of adequate mental health and specialist torture and trauma services in PNG, and to provide safe, supported and durable resettlement options.