27 January 2009

Australian immigration detention centres to get new health services

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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has signed a health services contract so that illegal Australian immigrants can have access to healthcare.

The five-year contract with International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) will ensure all persons detained in Australian immigration detention centres will receive physical, mental, and dental health services.

The contract's specifications mean that those detained in Australian immigration detention centres will receive care comparable to that of the Australian community and will be to international standards, and will reflect the Australian government's new policy towards detention and illegal immigration.

"After an extensive evaluation and negotiation period, IHMS was assessed as best placed to ensure people in detention receive appropriate health services – aligned to those available to the broader Australian community," a departmental spokesperson said today.

Around 60 organisations participated in consultations to create the tender document including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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