Research Seminar Series | Exploring the health and wellbeing impact of immigration detention on adults and children with asylum seeker backgrounds in Australia | Thursday 29 September 2016

Presented by Dr Clemence Due University of Adelaide

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016

Time: 1-2pm

Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus

No RSVP required, all welcome!

Abstract: Australia has long held a policy of detaining people in immigration detention if they arriving seeking asylum – typically for those who arrive by boat. In recent months, there have been suggestions that this policy should be replicated elsewhere in the world as the numbers of people seeking asylum increase into the tens of millions. While a small body of research has highlighted the negative impact of immigration detention on the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers, more research is required in order to ensure that the wellbeing of those seeking asylum is considered in any policy proposed by governments around the world. As such, this paper reports on data collected through a variety of research projects that have explored the health and wellbeing of both adults and children with refugee backgrounds who initially spent time in detention prior to being settled in Australia. The results of the study confirm those of all previous literature in this area, finding that immigration detention leads to negative outcomes on health and wellbeing that continue several years after release – particularly for those who only receive temporary visas. As such, the paper concludes by considering how service providers and others can best work with people who have spent time in detention to reduce harmful outcomes, as well as potential ways forward for policy.

 Speaker: Dr Due is a Senior Lecturer here in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Her diverse research areas are linked by concerns about the health and well-being of individuals and families who are considered to be marginalized or vulnerable. This includes adults and children with refugee or migrant backgrounds, children with developmental disorders, gender and sexuality diverse children and their parents, and people who have experienced pregnancy loss. Her research areas also include racism and prejudice, psychology education, and lifespan development. In 2016 she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Women’s Excellence in Research as an Early Career Researcher.


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