Offshore detention centres medical services demand and facility capabilities

brie cooney made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

The request was refused by Department of Home Affairs.

From: brie cooney

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

This request is demonstrated under the Freedom of Information act, 1982.


Requesting information of medical documents relating to those detained within offshore detention centres in particular services provided to those claiming to suffer violence and mental health issues from Jan 2015 and throughout 2016. Further, a request of medical documents for those detained who received medical services within Australia because the services located on the centres could not be provided.

Yours faithfully,

Brie Cooney

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FOI Request:       FA 16/03/00141

File Number:       ADF2016/9746

 

Dear Ms Cooney

 

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

 

This email refers to an access request received under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) on 29 February 2016 seeking access to:

'information of medical documents relating to those detained within
offshore detention centres in particular services provided to those
claiming to suffer violence and mental health issues from Jan 2015 and
throughout 2016. Further, a request of medical documents for those
detained who received medical services within Australia because the
services located on the centres could not be provided.'

 

Your request has been allocated FOI request number FA 16/03/00141.  Please
include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of
Information Section. 

 

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Our references: FA 16/03/00141; ADF2016/9746

 

Dear Ms Cooney,

 

This email refers to your FOI request received on 29 February 2016 seeking
access to:

 

Requesting information of medical documents relating to those detained
within offshore detention centres in particular services provided to those
claiming to suffer violence and mental health issues from Jan 2015 and
throughout 2016. Further, a request of medical documents for those
detained who received medical services within Australia because the
services located on the centres could not be provided.

The purpose of this email is to advise you, as required under s.24AB of
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) that I consider a practical
refusal reason exists under s.24AA of the FOI Act in relation to your
request. I have set out my reasons and the actions required by you (to
consult on the scope of your request) in the attached notice.

 

Consultation period

The FOI Act requires that you respond to this notice before the end of the
consultation period, which is close of business 10 June 2016.

 

You may consult with me by replying to this email: [1][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Brad Collins
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Branch

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
(02) 6264 2110 | [2][DIBP request email]

 

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Dear Ms Cooney,

 

Thank you for your FOI request received on 29 February 2016 for:

 

Requesting information of medical documents relating to those detained
within offshore detention centres in particular services provided to those
claiming to suffer violence and mental health issues from Jan 2015 and
throughout 2016. Further, a request of medical documents for those
detained who received medical services within Australia because the
services located on the centres could not be provided.

Purpose of this email

I am writing to you about the s.24AB notice that I sent to you on 27 May
2016. The consultation period under the FOI Act expired at close of
business on 10 June 2016. As you did not respond to me by the end of the
consultation period, your request is deemed to have been withdrawn by the
operation of the FOI Act (s.24AB (6) and (7)).

 

The attached letter provides more detail.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Brad Collins
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Branch

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Email: [1][DIBP request email]

 

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the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you have received
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attachments immediately.  This email, including attachments, may contain
confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information.
 

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by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. 
DIBP respects your privacy and has obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.
 

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