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Is the treatment of detainees in Australia's immigration detention centres causing long-term mental health problems?
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2012 06:02

The number of asylum seekers reaching Australia's shores is rising rapidly.

Currently, more than 4,400 people are held in immigration detention centres across the country.

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Some detainees have been locked up for years, isolated from the rest of the world, and are developing significant mental illnesses.

Sarah Ferguson explores how many cases of self-harm go unreported, while medication for asylum seekers is being incorrectly prescribed.

101 East takes a rare look inside Australia's immigration detention centres and asks if the treatment of detainees is creating a generation of people with major mental health problems.

 
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