RACP welcomes decision to reunite Murugappan family in Perth

16 June 2021

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has welcomed the decision to reunite the Murugappan family and allow them to live in the community in Perth. This is important for the health and wellbeing of the family, especially Tharnicaa and her sister Kopica. 

The decision comes after the RACP released an Open Letter to Minister Karen Andrews signed by 9 medical groups calling on the Australian Government to release the Biloela family from immigration detention.

The letter can be downloaded from the RACP website.

RACP President-Elect and Paediatrician, Dr Jacqueline Small says “This is very welcome news – and a big relief to the medical community who held serious concerns for the health and welfare of this family while they were held in detention. 

“We’re pleased the Government has done the right thing and listened to the medical experts on this issue. 

“We know that Australia’s detention program is harmful to the physical and mental health of those held, especially children.  

“We encourage the Government to ensure that during this period of community detention in Perth the family is provided with all necessary health care, education and social supports to facilitate this transition and support good health and wellbeing for the whole family. 

The RACP’s position statement on Refugees and Asylum Seeker Health, supported by 14 peak medical organisations, can be found on the RACP website.

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