Australian Refugee Child Health Network (ARCH)

ACAH calls for the release of the Murugappan children from harmful held detention

ACAH calls for Minister Andrews to reunite Tharnicaa Murugappan with her sister and family as soon as possible and release them from held detention. The mental health sequelae of both siblings require paediatric specialist mental health care which is not available, and not sustainable, on Christmas Island, nor in any held detention environment.

ACAH letter to Minister Andrews advocating for the release of the Murugappan family

The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health – which represents medical, nursing and other health practitioners working with children and adolescents across the region – would like to add our voice to those of our other medical professionals, including the AMA, asking for the release of the Murugappan family, currently being held on Christmas Island.

Thank you to those who signed this petition

Thursday 10th December 2020 was the United Nations Human Rights Day. We urge the Federal Government to release the children who remain in Immigration detention, including the 3 year old and 5 year old who have been held on Christmas Island for over 1000 days.

ACAH urgently calls on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to cut off support and evict families and adults who are currently in community detention

This decision is already having a devastating effect on these children, young people and their families. They are now at imminent risk of homelessness, food insecurity, further traumatisation and physical and mental health issues, including COVID-19.

ACAH calls for the immediate release of people seeking asylum from hotel detention in Melbourne into the community

We fully support the Australian Human Rights Commission’s repeated appeal to the Morrison Government for: “… people in Australian immigration detention facilities who do not pose a security risk to the community to be released … ”

The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.