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Don't turn your back on refugees

21 December 2017

Hepatitis Victoria has made a statement on the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

 “We stand with those who are disproportionally affected by chronic health conditions such as hepatitis and believe they should have equal access to health services,” said Hepatitis Victoria CEO Melanie Eagle.

“We will not turn our back on anyone likely to be suffering from chronic health conditions like hepatitis,” she said.

In a statement Hepatitis Victoria Board said it is committed to providing inclusive services, and to ensuring the equitable access of all people to the health services they deserve. 

“As a provider of health and education services to thousands of Victorians each year, Hepatitis Victoria supports many refugees and people who have recently arrived in Australia, their friends and families. People of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are disproportionately affected by viral hepatitis. Our Board and staff includes people who come from many walks of life, including refugees and migrants. 

“We welcome and value the ongoing cultural wealth and enriched social capital that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants bring to our community.

“Consistent with the organisation’s values of respect and inclusion, Hepatitis Victoria believes it is essential that Australia, which takes pride in its multiculturalism and regard for human rights, actively promotes these ideals.

“Hepatitis Victoria calls on the Australian Government to work constructively with relevant other governments and non-government organisations to alleviate the plight of refugees and to respect their human rights.”

 

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