WHAT IS AFRAM?

AFRAM is the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) campaign on Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health. AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students and aims to connect, inform and represent students studying at Australia’s 20 medical schools by means of advocacy campaigns, events, community and well-being projects and the production of a range of publications.

WHY DOES AFRAM EXIST?

  • More than 60% of detainees suffer from some form of mental illness (1)
  • Australia processes just 2.2% of asylum claims made to 44 industrialised countries (2)
  • Mandatory detention and offshore processing puts people’s health and lives at risk
  • The mental health of refugees and asylum seekers is a neglected aspect in current political debate

OUR MISSION

WHAT WE CALL FOR

Equitable opportunity to enjoy good health in Australia, regardless of visa status or financial means

This means accessible and appropriate mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers, both in detention and in the community, to be provided without conflict of interest, with the sole intention of addressing negative mental health outcomes. This includes assessment of their mental health, access to mental health professionals and appropriately trained service staff.

End of Mandatory Detention and Offshore Processing

Use of immigration detention should be a short-term option, used only for as long as it is needed to enable appropriate security and health clearances to be completed. No children, especially when unaccompanied, should be held in detention.

The end of punitive deterrence policies

Such action has only led to the amplification of mental health trauma amongst this community

Fulfilment of the fundamental rights of asylum seekers to seek protection

This is a right protected by the UN Refugee Convention

 

OUR THREE-TIERED APPROACH

HOW TO HELP

Be a voice in each of the three tiers. AFRAM has the resources you will need

Get in contact with your local Crossing Borders representative, AMSA Global Health (AGH) representative or AFRAM state representative at team@afram.amsa.org.au

Sign up on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

Talk to your mates and family about this issue. Spread the word.

If you would like to get involved or support us, contact us at team@afram.amsa.org.au

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REFERENCES
  1. Bull M, Schindeler E, Berkman D and Ransley J (2012). Sickness in the System of Long -term Immigration Detention. Journal of Refugee Studies 26(1): 47-68
  2. Newman L, Prctor N, Dudley M (2013). Seeking asylum in Australia: immigration detention, human rights and mental health care. Australasian Psychiatry 21(4) 315-320
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