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17 Aug 2017 description

The mental health of refugees and asylum-seekers is a critical part of their overall well-being, and an important factor in their positive integration into a new community.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, convened a multi-stakeholder Expert Roundtable on Mental Health in Refugee Status Determination in Australia during June 2017, bringing together medical professionals and psychologists, academics, officials of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal including the Immigration Assessment Authority.

16 Aug 2017 description

United States officials are returning to Australia's refugee detention centre on Nauru to continue vetting detainees for possible resettlement in America.

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15 Aug 2017 description

Introduction

This briefing paper summarises the Refugee Council of Australia’s longer submission on the Refugee and Humanitarian Program for 2017-2018.

Scope of the consultation process

15 Aug 2017 description

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has heard a request from a lawyer representing Manus Island detainees for the demolition of Australia's detention centre to be stopped.

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15 Aug 2017 description

By Liam Fox

The Australian and Solomon Islands governments have signed a security treaty that paves the way for rapid Australian assistance in the event of future natural disasters or outbreaks of civil unrest.

Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare signed the security treaty with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during an official visit to Canberra.

Later, as Mr Sogavare watched proceedings in Parliament, Mr Turnbull outlined some details of the treaty.

14 Aug 2017 description

The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan has a history of disasters, including severe storms, floods, landslides and fires. The role of BPBD East Kalimantan, the Regional Disaster Management Agency, is to lead the planning, preparation, response and recovery from significant disaster events across the province.

12 Aug 2017 description

Today I announce two new initiatives to combat disease and improve nutrition in the Pacific.

The Australian Government will invest $7.7 million in innovative pilot programs targeting mosquito-borne diseases in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. In Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, over 30,000 people have been infected in the last decade.

08 Aug 2017 description

By UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra | 10 August 2017

08 Aug 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide assistance to ease civilian suffering caused by the siege in the Philippine city of Marawi and contribute to peace-building in the area.

The Australian Government is providing $20 million over four years to support recovery and long term peace and stability in the southern Philippines. This is in addition to the emergency food and other supplies valued at $920,000 that I announced on 20 June 2017.

08 Aug 2017 description

A refugee found dead yesterday on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island was not given adequate care, according to mental health nurse who worked there.

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07 Aug 2017 description

Manus Island authorities have confirmed an Iranian asylum seeker has died at the immigration detention centre.

An Immigration Department spokesman said the Government was aware of the death in the Lorengau township.

Police are investigating the incident and have cordoned off the area where the man was found.

The man's cause of death is not known.

05 Aug 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 25 July 2017, a total of 1,328 suspected dengue fever cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China (no updates)

04 Aug 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

04 Aug 2017 description

04-08-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 July 2017 to 31 July 2017.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

03 Aug 2017 description

New research sheds light on growing barriers to visiting detention

Introduction

In recent years, people who visit immigration detention have expressed concerns about changes to rules and practices that have limited access for people visiting in detention. The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), through its Detention Research Project, has interviewed visitors from across Australia to identify and record those challenges, and to make recommendations for addressing them.

02 Aug 2017 description

Hundreds of refugees are protesting on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island as efforts intensify to evict the men from the Australian run detention centre.

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01 Aug 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 June 2017, there were 1262 people in immigration detention facilities, including 981 in immigration detention on the mainland and 281 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 553 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 22,143 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

31 Jul 2017 description

Refugee advocates say three attacks in twelve hours on Manus Island detainees show the Papua New Guinea community is not a safe place for refugees to settle.

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