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 Australias 17,000 medical students and aims to connect, inform and represent students studying at Australias 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?
EDUCATE FEDERAL AND STATE POLITICIANS ABOUT THE DETRIMENTAL MENTAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF MANDATORY DETENTION AND OFF SHORE PROCESSING
ADVOCATE FOR POLICIES WHICH DO NOT HARM HEALTH
EMPOWER MEDICAL STUDENTS TO REFLECT, ENGAGE AND CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNMENT POLICY TO REFLECT THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR REFUGEE PROTECTION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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- 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
- 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