Mental Health treatment policy on Manus Island.

Jessica Staveley made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

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From: Jessica Staveley

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

This request is made under the Freedom of Information Act:

I wish to request documentation that details the most recent policy/s relating to the treatment of mental health issues in asylum seekers at the Manus Island Detention Centre.

Yours faithfully,

Jessica Staveley

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Dear Ms Staveley

Thank you for your request for documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), received by the Department on 28 September 2015.

In your request, you sought access to:

"all documentation that details the most recent policy/s relating to the treatment of mental health issues in asylum seekers at the Manus Island Detention Centre."

I have been advised that the relevant documents are available on LEGENDcom, an electronic database maintained by the Department. The Department allows members of the public to subscribe to LEGENDcom for a fee. More information about LEGENDcom is available at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/LEGE.

I have been advised that information which is relevant to you request can be viewed in the Detention Services Manual (at Chapter 6 – Detention Health) on LEGENDcom. More specifically, relevant polices can be found under the following sub-chapters:

• General health screening and management
• Mental health screening
• Identification and support of survivors of torture and trauma
• Psychological support program (PSP)
• Mental health policies – Application to minors in immigration detention
• Health discharge assessment and fitness to travel documentation
• Food/fluid refusal

Section 12(1)(c) of the FOI Act provides that applicants may not request access to ‘a document that is available for purchase by the public in accordance with arrangements made by an agency’.

The Department has taken the view that the documents you have requested are ‘available for purchase by the public’ by way of subscribing to the LEGENDcom database. For this reason, I have decided that the FOI Act does not facilitate the release of the relevant documents to you.

It is my understanding that some public libraries maintain a subscription to LEGENDcom and allow members of the public on-site access to the database. For example, the State Library of Victoria (http://buddynew.slv.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/m... and the State Library of New South Wales (http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b219... indicate that such access is available. You may be interested in inquiring whether a major public library near you offers access to LEGENDcom.

Yours sincerely

Steven Hocking
A/g Director
Freedom of Information Section
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
P: 02 6264 1007
E: [email address]

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