Nun says Baxter detainees in Queensland for psychiatric care

Adelaide's Glenside Psychiatric Hospital is refusing to treat four Baxter detainees resulting in their transfer to Queensland away from their support networks, according to a Catholic sister working with refugees.

Sr Pat Sealey yesterday told the ABC that only one immigration detainee is now being treated at Glenside.

She says the detainees are being removed from their support networks and the most recent detainee to be transferred from the Baxter immigration detention facility near Port Augusta in South Australia was severely depressed.

He was willing in the end to go to Glenside because his support people, the people who support him live in Adelaide," she said.

"There are a couple of circles of friends who visit him but you know, it's a bit isolated, it's quite isolated up there as far as the people are concerned in Queensland."

Sr Sealey says a detainee from the Villawood detention centre in Sydney has also been moved to Queensland for treatment.

The Immigration Department refused to comment on the matter for privacy reasons. The ABC report did not elaborate on the reason for Glenside's refusal to treat the four detainees.

Last month the Department dispatched independent experts to assess two remaining asylum seekers on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru over concerns about their mental health.

The two, who have been on Nauru for nearly five years under the Government's "Pacific Solution" policy, were found to be deserving of protection but were refused resettlement in Australia after receiving a negative security assessment from ASIO early last year.

Refugee worker says Glenside not accepting detainees (ABC News 4/7/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office

World Council of Churches head shocked by Baxter detention centre (CathNews 9/7/04)
Bishop's increased concern over Baxter situation (CathNews 13/12/04)

Immigration detainees returned against psychiatrists' advice (ABC, 7.30 Report, 22/5/06)

5 Jul 2006