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THIS IS CRITICAL: An unprecedented 103 current and former workers speak out

An unprecedented one hundred and three former staff previously and currently employed in offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru have today issued a statement warning that the only way to secure the safety of refugees and asylum seekers in these locations is to bring them to Australia immediately.

Those who support this view include doctors, teachers, case workers, managers and social workers from Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield), Save the Children, IHMS, Salvation Army and other contracted workers with first-hand experience across both Manus Island and Nauru Regional Processing Centres.

They strongly believe that the establishment of another Senate Inquiry in response to the release of the Nauru files is quite simply not enough.

“This has reached crisis level and requires an immediate response.” said Toby O’Brien, former Child Protection Officer with Save the Children. “The evidence is already overwhelmingly clear.”

Many of the former staff have already made submissions and given evidence to a number of inquiries, investigations and reviews.

’’We’ve given evidence and it’s been ignored.’’ said Natasha Reid, Case Manager with Broadspectrum until February 2015, ‘’No change has occurred for the men we worked with since the last Senate Inquiry. The camp is not safer, conditions have not improved, the physical and mental decline of those held continues.”

Charlotte Wilson, who worked in case management on both Nauru and Manus Island over a period of 1.5 years, said “The Nauru files are damning in their truth, and they are not exclusive to Nauru. The men on Manus are being harmed just as frequently and severely.”

“I watched these children’s lives being destroyed by these camps,” said Katie Price, Former Child and Youth Recreation Officer, was employed on Nauru with Save the Children for almost two years. “They went from energetic, cheeky, normal kids to completely devoid of all emotion. I recall one 7-year-old child towards the end having a complete breakdown. She collapsed, screaming and kicking and crying for 20 minutes, completely incoherent and would not let go of me. “

Shivani Keecha, who was the Coordinator of Save the Children’s Child Protection team on Nauru until October 2015, wants to see immediate action taken. “This cannot continue. I worked on Nauru while several previous investigations and inquiries were held. Nothing changed. It was already too little too late. We don’t need more evidence. We know these centres cause unacceptable harm. We need to bring these people to Australia and start the process of rebuilding their lives.’’

Hayley Ballinger, Unaccompanied Minor Residential Worker and Child Protection Caseworker with Save the Children until April 2015 said ‘’I implore the public and the Government to remember these are people. Kind, ambitious, strong, imaginative, clever, nurturing, loving, real people who are being systemically broken.”

“They are truly the bravest souls I have ever met, and they deserve a future free from further harm.” said Ms Ballinger.

Chris Lougheed, Deputy Education Manager with Save the Children, who personally reviewed and submitted a great many incident reports such as those published in the Nauru files, condemned the Minister’s claims that the reports were ‘hype’ and demanded he took responsibility. ‘’These reports are accurate observations written by experienced professionals.”

“People are in immediate danger. Too much time has already passed. The Australian government must take responsibility and bring them here immediately.” said Mr Lougheed.

Please see page 10 & 11 for media contacts Please note, all professionals listed on this media release are presenting their views as individual professionals. All media enquiries regarding the views of their former organisations should be directed to those organisations.

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The following professionals support this statement:

Glenis Armstrong Case Manager Save the Children Nauru: May 2014 -Dec 2014; July 2015 - Oct 2015

Case Manager Transfield services Manus Island: Feb 2014-May 2014

Case Manager The Salvation Army Manus Island: November 2013 - Feb 2014

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Kai Noonan Complex Case Manager Salvation Army Nauru: January 2013 - August 2013

Melissa Bencik Child Welfare and Protection Worker Save the children Manus Island: PNG March 2013 - July 2013 Nauru: Aug 2013 - May 2014

Toby O'Brien Child Protection Caseworker. Save the Children Nauru May - September 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and International Relations

James Adams Youth Recreation worker Save the Children Nauru: April 2014- September 2014

BA Arts Grad. Dip. Ed. (Secondary) Master of Environment (Development)

Adam McKerrow Case Manager The Salvation Army Nauru: February 2013 - May 2013

Case Manager The Salvation Army Manus Island: September 2013 - February 2014

Adult Case Manager Save the Children Nauru: February 2014 - October 2014

Master of International and Community Development

Diana Juskov Youth Recreation Officer Save the Children Nauru: Feb- Sept 2014)

Bachelor of Social Science

Leah Gough CSPW, Senior Child Support and Protection Worker Save the Children

Manus Island: January 2013 - July 2013 Nauru: September 2013 - September 2014

Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family)

Hamish Tacey Team Leader, Unaccompanied Minors & Refugee Case Manager Save the Children Nauru: 2014 - 2015

Charlotte Wilson Case Worker Manus Island Salvation Army Oct 2013-Jan 2014 Case Worker Nauru Save the Children Feb 2014-Jan 2015

BA Social Work, MA Human Rights

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‘Natalie’ Child and youth recreation coordinator Save The Children Manus Island: 2012- 2013 Nauru: 2013-2015 Masters in Social Work Bachelor of Music Therapy

Tobias Gunn Recreation Department Save the Children Nauru: January 2014- March 2015

Eliza Seaborn Senior Child and Youth Recreation Officer Save the Children Australia

Nauru: September 2013 - October 2015 Master in Public Health (MPH), Bachelor in Physical Education & Health (BPHE)

Hayley Ballinger Unaccompanied Minor Residential worker Child Protection Worker Save the Children Nauru: April 2014-April 2015

Tara Pollock Child Protection Case Manager Save the Children Nauru

Jarrod Kenney Youth Recreation Officer Save the Children Nauru: October 2013 - November 2014 Certificate IV in Youth Work (Juvenile Justice)

Alyssa Munoz Child Protection worker Save the Children Nauru: July 2013 to Nov 2015

Katie Price Child and Youth recreation officer Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 - November 2015

Diploma in Community services work Diploma in Early Childhood education.

Meg Barrett Unaccompanied Minor residential carer Save The Children Nauru: April 2014-December 2014

Certificate IV Community Services

Meagan Becker Education officer Salvation Army Manus Island: March 2013- September 2013.

Primary and Secondary Teacher Secondary Education Coordinator Education Settlement officer Save The Children Nauru: September 2013 - Jan 2015

Bach. Degree Certificate in Humanitarian Operations Programs.

Jane Willey Senior Secondary Teacher Save the Children Nauru: July 2014 - March 2015 M.Ed, Dip. Ed, BA.

Evan Davis Senior Secondary Teacher Save The Children Nauru: June 2014 - July 2015 Bachelor of Education Graduate Diploma Visual Art

Natasha Blucher Senior Caseworker Save the Children Nauru: July - October 2014 Bachelor of International Relations Master of Community and International Development

Tracey Donehue Secondary and Adult Teacher Save the Children Nauru: August 2014 - November 2015 Bachelor of Arts Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education Master of Applied Linguistics

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Pam Oakes Consultant on policy and process with Education Program Save The Children Nauru: April - May 2014 Education Manager - Refugee Assistance Program Save the Children: Nauru: July-January 2014-15 Qualifications: BA, B.Ed Assistant Principal Senior Secondary Education Victoria Executive and Committee member on Victorian Association of Secondary School Principals 2013-14

Jennifer Rose Primary teacher and Primary School Coordinator SCA Nauru: Nov 2013- Nov 2015 BA Teaching, BA Education, Masters of Public Health

Judith Reen Manus Island: Teacher - Adult Education: Salvation Army November 2013 - January 2014 Nauru: Teacher & Secondary School Coordinator: Save the Children, February 2014 - July 2015 Bachelor of Education Masters of International Studies

Mark Gossage Senior Secondary Teacher Save the Children Nauru: November 2013 - July 2014 & October 2015 - November 2015 MCHam, GDipEd, BSocSc

Gabriella Sutherland Secondary Specialist Teacher Save the Children Nauru: October 2014 - November 2015 BA, Dip Ed

Chris Lougheed Deputy Education Manager Save the Children Nauru: Nov 2013-July 2014

Master of Education Bachelor of Teaching Bachelor of Arts

Fleur Noonan Senior Caseworker Save the Children

Nauru: Dec 2013 - March 2014 Salvation Army Nauru: March 2014 - March 2015 Save the Children

Post-Graduate Certificate in Migration Law Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Bachelor of Communication, Gender and Culture Studies

Ebony Neil Primary School Coordinator Save the Children Nauru: December 2013 - October 2015 Masters of Education Behaviour and Emotional Disturbances

Lisa McDonald Secondary Teacher Save the Children Nauru: January 2014 - July 2015 Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education

Catherine Franklin Community Liaison Officer Transfield Manus Island: March 18th 2015 - Dec 2015

Community Development, Community Education and Recreation

Kristy Mannell Adult Education Teacher Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 - April 2015 Masters of Education

Erin Maree Sharp Founding member of the Early Education Centre Save the Children Nauru: April 2014 - November 2014 Diploma of Childrens’ Services

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Janelle Teacher Save the Children Nauru: April 2014 - January 2015 BA / Dip Ed / Master in TESOL

‘Paula’ Education Coordinator Save the Children Nauru: June 2014 - October 2015

Clare Teacher Save the Children Nauru, April 2014 - July 2015 Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching, Master of Education Policy International Graduate Certificate of TESOL

Margaret Cole Teacher Assistant Save the Children Nauru: April 2014 - June 2015.

Max Marshall Adult Education Coordinator Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 - October 2015

Bradley Short Teacher Save the Children Manus (Jan 2013 - June 2013) Nauru (July 2013 - October 2014) Grad Dip Ed

Shabnam Mortazavi Caseworker Salvation Army and Save the Children Nauru: June 2013 - March 2015

Sara Peet Teacher Save The Children Nauru: April 2014 - Jan 2015

Cody-lee Parsons Teacher Save the Children Nauru (August 2014 - June 2015) Bachelor of Performing Arts, Graduate Diploma in Education, Masters in Social Science in Indigenous Studies

Peter Cole Teacher Assistant, Secondary Specialist Teacher, Adult Education Teacher Save the Children March 2014 - July 2015 BSc, Dip Ed

Gerard Ryan Child Protection Social Worker Save the Children Nauru: Dec 2014 - Aug 2015

Shivani Keecha Coordinator, Child Protection Team Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 - October 2015.

Spencer McAllon Primary Teacher Save the Children Nauru: June 2014- April 2015

Bachelor of Communication, Dip. Ed

Name Withheld Case Manager and Counsellor Salvation Army/Transfield/IHMS

Nauru & Manus 2013 - 2016

Bachelor of Social Work

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‘Peta’ Child and Youth Recreation Officer Save the Children Nauru: 2014 -2015

Bachelor of Health Science/ Health Promotion Master of Health and International Development

Julia Frei Program Quality Control, Program Development, Independent Observer Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 - Oct 2014

Support Worker Salvation Army Nauru: June 2013 - September 2013:

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Designing Projects & Strategies for Humanitarian Action CERAH (Geneva Centre for Education & Research in Humanitarian Action) Master of Arts/Licentiata Philosophiae Social & Cultural Anthropology; International Humanitarian & Human Rights Law; International Relations, University of Zurich

Laura Sawtell Adult Case Manager Save the Children Nauru: June 2014 - November 2015. Bachelor Social Work, Master International Public Health

Brooke McInerney Teaching Assistant Save The Children Nauru: November 2013 - November 2014

‘Elsie Sal’ Adult Recreation Worker Save The Children Nauru: 5 July 2014 - 31 October 2015

Diploma Community Service Worker Certificate IV Fitness Yoga Teacher certification

Ann Sherman Manager - Case work, Welfare Save The Children Nauru: August 2014 to November 2015

Degree in Social Work Diploma in counselling Diploma in business and HR

Connie Delfos Teacher Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 - September 2015

Amy Hopkins Teacher Assistant Save the Children Nauru June 2014 - August 2015 Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies Master of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Resolution)

Dean Senior child and youth recreation officer Save The Children Manus Island: December 2012- July 2013 Nauru: August 2013 - June 2015

Certificate III in Child Services, Certificate IV in youth work, Diploma in community services, currently studying Bachelor in social welfare

'Belinda' Child protection worker Save the Children Nauru: June 2014- August 2015 Master of Social Work

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Michelle Groeneveld Child Protection Manager (Social Worker) Save the Children Nauru: August 2013 - October 2014

Stacey Henery UAM worker, Child Protection Worker Save the Children Nauru: May 2014 - August 2014; Sept 2014 - June 2015 B.Arts and Masters in Mental Health

‘Toni‘ Recreation worker Save the Children Australia Nauru: March 2014- June 2015

Secondary education and human movement, and community services

Bianca Zingus UAM Residential Youth Worker Save The Children. Nauru: 2014

Bachelor of Social Welfare

Clare Wicks Child Protection Case Worker Save the Children Nauru: October 2014 - April 2015

Danielle Serrano Adult Caseworker Save the Children Nauru: June 2014 - October 2014. Bach Degree in Psychology Diplomas (Child Protection/Juvenile Justice and Community Services).

Samantha Betts Child and Youth Recreation Officer Save the children Nauru; Oct 2013-mid 2014

BA community development B Applied Management

Emily Seaman Refugee Settlement Case worker Child Protection Case Worker SCA Nauru: 2014- 2015 Bachelor of Community Education, Masters Humanitarian Assistance (current)

'Jane' Child Protection Support Worker Save the Children Nauru, May 2014 - April 2015

Rebecca Atley Child Support and Protection Worker Save The Children Nauru: Jan 2014 - Aug 2014. Bachelor of Social Work and Human Services

Amanda Finn Child Protection Worker Save The Children Nauru: Jul 2014- Feb 2015 Social Worker (Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Social Work Studies)

Debbie Lucraft Case Worker Salvation Army Nauru: Feb 2013 - Feb 2014

Caseworker Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 - March 2015 Bachelor of Social Work in Social Welfare.

Karin Laqueur Teacher for Adult Education School Connect Nauru BA, Dip Ed Grad Diploma TESOL

Selina Thomas Social Worker/Case Manager SCA Refugee Assistance Program Nauru: Aug - Dec 2014

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Masters of Policy Studies.

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Chelsea Weiss Case Manager Transfield Manus Island: March 2014 - January 2015

Psychology degree

‘Chantal’ Child and Youth Recreation Save The Children Nauru: April 2014 to November 2015 Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Joanne Jones English teacher Transfield/Broad Spectrum Manus Island: June 2015 - Feb 2016.

BA Dip Ed, CELTA Cert IV in Training and Assessment

K.D. Save the Children Nauru: March 2014 -Oct 15

Nicole Mousley Welfare Case Manager The Salvation Army & Transfield Services P/L Manus Island: Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

‘Lily’ Senior Child Support and Protection Worker Save the Children Nauru: September 2013 to October 2014 Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences Psychology (Honours) and Masters of Social Work Studies

Richard Young Team Leader Save the Children Manus Island: March 2013

‘Isabel Harvey’ Case Manager Salvation Army, Transfield and Save the Children Nauru: 2013 to current Bachelor of Social Work

Lee Wight Manager Salvation Army Nauru: Oct 2012 - Feb 2013 Post graduate certificate

Natasha Reid Case Manager Salvation Army Nauru: Dec 2013 - Feb 2014 Transfield Nauru: Feb 2014 to Feb 2015 Social Worker - MSW

John Coleman Teacher Salvation Army Manus Island: October 13 - Feb 14 Transfield Manus Island: Feb 14 - August 15

Jessica Caseworker Transfield Nauru: March 2014 - February 2015.

Master in Social Development

‘Elsa’ Child and youth recreation officer Save the Children Nauru: 15/05/14 - 01/11/15

Community Engagement Worker Connect Nauru: 27/12/15 - 01/03/16

Bachelor of Psychological Science Diploma of Community Services

Linda Norris Social Worker and Case Manager Salvation Army Nauru: 11/2012 - 03/2012 Bachelor of Social Work

Chloe Zulu Teacher Assistant, Child Recreation Save the Children Nauru: September 2013 - December 2014 Diploma Community Services Bachelor Humanitarian and Community Studies

Cara Ceriani Administration Assistant Salvation Army Manus Island: Dec 2013 - Feb 2014 In progress - Master Social Work

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Linda Norris Case Manager Salvation Army Nauru: Nov 2012 - March 2013

Registered Social Worker

Teresa Nguyen Case Manager The Salvation Army Manus Island: October 2013- February 2014. Case Manager Transfield Manus Island: February 2014- August 2015

Selina Oum Child Protection Worker Save the Children Nauru: May 2014-June2015

Bachelor of Social Work

Dr Peter Young Medical Director Mental Health Services International Health and Medical Services

MBBS FRANZCP

Ellen Drane Case Manager, Transfield Counsellor, IHMS

Nauru

Alex Cloumassis Unaccompanied Minors Residential Worker Refugee Assistance Program Save the Children, Salvation Army Nauru: 2013 - 2015

Alison Ora Team Leader, Case Management Save the Children Australia Nauru: June 2014 to October 2015

BA (Psychology)

Thea Joy-Jarvis Children and Families Case worker, SCA, Nauru August - October 2015

Bachelor of Social Work

Paul Stevenson Psychologist-Traumatologist PsyCare / Wilson Security Manus Island: July-August 2014 Nauru: July 2014-July 2015

OAM. UNAA. CSW. BA.(Mus.) Dip. Psych. MOP. GCAT. Fellow AAPI. Fellow ACCP.

Amanda Lloyd-Tait Case Manager Salvation Army

Nauru: September 2012- April 2013

International Studies (Hons)

Mark Isaacs Recreations Manager Salvation Army Nauru: September 2012 - July 2013

Tim Knapp Shift Leader Salvation Army Nauru: November 2012 - July 2013

David Isaacs Paediatrician Nauru

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The following professionals are available as media contacts:

(contact details are for journalist use only, please do not share online or on social media)

Judith Reen 0406 773 157 Gabriella Sutherland 0408 851 584 Fleur Noonan 0427 273 380 Lisa McDonald 0448 319 391 Mark Gossage 0432 618 203 Chris Lougheed 0418 926 224 Ally-Jane +61 400 596 778 Ebony Neil +258 860 223 773 Jennifer Rose 0466 442 876 Tracey Donehue +678 5663254 donehuetracey@gmail.com Natasha Blucher 0414 418 212 Pam Oakes 0407 271 573 Evan Davis Ph 0434 017 557 Email - basins@gmail.com Jane Willey 0428 958 854 Meagan Becker 0416 232 696 agnesb26@hotmail.com Katie Price 0402 360 105 Meg Barrett + 855 96 701 87 00 0407 613 244 Alyssa Munoz 0438 336 076 Jarrod Kenney 0417 863 263 Tara Pollock 0437 002 962 Hayley Ballinger 0407 613 244

Tobias Gunn 0481 090 282

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Eliza Seaborn (0011) 1-819-360-2803 eliza.seaborn@gmail.com ‘Natalie’ 0411 820 330 Charlotte Wilson Whatsapp: +61 40690 7782 Hamish Tacey Hamish.tacey@gmail.com

Leah Gough 0413 700 185 Diana Juskov 0426 797 223 Adam McKerrow Whatsapp +61402911331 James Adams 0438 593 837

Toby O'Brien 0410 228 195. Melissa Bencik 0403 085 581 Kai Noonan 0404 475 755 Glenis Armstrong 0421 852 822 Catherine Franklin 0418 535 254

Mark Isaacs 0421 874 396