Health care provided to people in immigration detention facilities
All people in immigration detention have access to health care at a standard generally comparable to the health care available to the Australian community. Health care services are provided by International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) which provide qualified health professionals who take into account the diverse and potentially complex health care needs of people in immigration detention. IHMS has been contracted to provide health care services since January 2009.
When people first arrive in immigration detention they are given a health induction assessment to identify conditions that will require attention while they are in detention. This assessment includes the collection of personal and medical history, a physical examination and formalised mental health screening and assessment.
A general practitioner coordinates treatment for all people who need it. As well as the health induction assessment there are mechanisms in place to identify health needs that may emerge during a person's time in detention, including formal monitoring processes such as regular mental health rescreening for people detained for longer periods.
When people leave immigration detention they are given a summary of any treatment they received during their detention and any ongoing treatment regimes. Where appropriate, they are linked with community health providers.
Health care provided to people in community based arrangements
People in community detention are assigned a community-based general practitioner (GP) and pharmacy by IHMS. People can make an appointment with their GP and their GP will refer them to other services, such as specialists, when needed. These people are subject to the same waiting times as any member of the Australian community accessing public health services.