According to the refugee group, the asylum seeker was treated in Nauru for a self-injury incident carried to Australia



August 25, 2019 12:06:25

A refugee advocacy group claims that an asylum seeker was taken to Australia for medical treatment after a self-injury incident in Nauru.

Key points:

  • The Pakistani 36-year-old asylum seeker set himself on fire before a mental health doctor in Nauru
  • The Refugee Action Collective says it took over 24 hours to transport it to Australia
  • It is understood that he is being treated in a Brisbane hospital

The Refugee Action Coalition said the Pakistani man, known as Jamal, arrived in Brisbane yesterday and spent last night in the hospital.

The 36-year-old suffered severe burns when he lit his room in front of a mental health doctor on Friday morning.

The spokesman of the group, Ian Rintoul, said that it takes 24 hours to transport the man.

"We are rather worried … it seemed a long time to bring the plane to Jamal to take him from Nauru to Australia to get the help he needs," he said.

"We know on other occasions that that kind of delay has ended up costing people's lives."

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The Department of Internal Affairs confirmed that an asylum seeker received treatment for self-harm on Nauru, but did not state whether the individual had been flown to Australia.

A spokesman for Queensland Health told the ABC "to talk to [Home Affairs] about the patient" but did not comment on the condition of the man.

Rintoul stated that a serious mental health crisis occurred in Nauru and the incident highlighted the need for an urgent resettlement action.

"This is the direct result of people held on Nauru for so long," he said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Home Affairs said the Australian government worked closely with the nauruan government to "ensure that assignees continue to receive specialist and wide-ranging services on health, well-being and support".

"Health care in Nauru is available 24 hours a day and includes emergency and tele-assistance services," he said.

Australia supports the Nauruan government by contracting specialized health services including psychology, psychiatry, trauma counseling, dentistry, radiography, pharmacy services and physiotherapy.

The ABC contacted the High Pakistani Commission and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, where Rintoul understood that the man was being treated, for comment.







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