Offshore detention: cross-sectional analysis of the health of children and young people seeking asylum in Australia

Lahiru Amarasena, Nora Samir, Louise Sealy, Nan Hu, Mohammad Reza Rostami, David Isaacs, Hasantha Gunasekera, Helen Young, Rishi Agrawal, David Levitt, Joshua R. Francis, Jacinta Coleman, Sarah Mares, Penny Larcombe, Sarah Cherian, Shanti Raman, Raghu Lingam, Karen Zwi

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Abstract

ObjectiveTo describe the health and well-being of children and young people (CYP) seeking asylum subjected to Australia's immigration policy of indefinite mandatory detention on Nauru. DesignCross-sectional analysis of a cohort of CYP seeking asylum. SettingAustralian paediatric clinicians from 10 health services completed detailed health assessments around the time of transfer from Nauru, mostly to Australia. ParticipantsSixty-two CYP who were = 4 years. The vast majority of CYP had physical health (n=55, 89%) and mental health (n=49, 79%) concerns including self-harm or suicidal ideation/attempt (n=28, 45%). Mental health concerns were more likely in CYP who were school-aged (p=0.001), had been held on Nauru for >= 1 year (p=0.01); originated from the Eastern Mediterranean region (p= 4 refugee-specific adverse childhood experiences (p

Original languageEnglish
Article number324442
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Volume108
Issue number3
Early online date22 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

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