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Mental Health Team To Visit Nauru

13 June 2006

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone said today that an independent group of mental health experts would visit Nauru to assess the two remaining residents of the Offshore Processing Centre.

“I am concerned about the mental health of the two Iraqi men on Nauru, following a recent clinical assessment done by International Organization for Migration medical staff,” Senator Vanstone said.

“So I have asked my department to organise a mental health assessment team from Australia to go to Nauru to interview and assess these men and provide a report on the options to manage their mental health while they remain there.

“As they are subject to adverse security assessments the Australian Government will not be bringing them to Australia.

“The Government has to balance concerns for the men’s welfare with its duty to ensure the safety of the Australian community.

“The men are living in the open centre and are not in detention. They are on Nauru on special purpose visas and are free to move about the island.

“The Government is continuing to explore longer-term options for the men.”

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