Papua New Guinea: Health care cuts: Australia’s reduced health care support for refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea
This paper provides an update on the health situation for refugees and asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea (PNG) by the Australian government. Over the past few months, the Australian government has substantially reduced health care provided to refugees and asylum seekers it sent to Papua New Guinea nearly five years ago. Reduced facilities and service hours are provided at a new clinic and refugees and asylum seekers no longer have access to torture and trauma counselling or translator services. They are forced to rely on PNG’s public hospitals for after hours and emergency health care.