Refugees flee their countries for fear of their lives and they come to Australia seeking asylum in a safer place. Unfortunately some refugees endure severe mistreatment during their time in detention often resulting in significant and permanent psychological and physical harm. Others suffer mental harm as a result of wrongful detention.
Refugees are owed a duty of care for their health and safety while in detention. They are also owed a duty of care to receive access to medical services while their applications are being processed. When these duties are breached it can result in mental or physical harm which can often mean substantial financial losses.