Join NSWCCL and the NSW Teachers Federation for a special free screening of Against Our Oath.
Asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are detained on the remote Pacific islands of Manus and Nauru. Filmed over four years this documentary gets behind the hospital doors to hear from clinicians themselves, who face enormous political pressure, as they cannot always act in their patient’s best interest. Doctors become morally torn as they know they must never abandon their patients and the ethics upon which their medical profession was founded.
This documentary raises confronting moral questions for the Australian government, the medical profession and the Australian people.
We are delighted to announce that Kerryn Phelps AM, former Independent Federal Member for Wentworth, will be joining us for this special, free CCL and Teachers Federation screening of Against Our Oath. In February 2019 Dr Phelps led the successful passage of the Medevac law. The crossbench bill made it easier to facilitate the transfer of asylum-seekers from detention on Manus Island and Nauru to Australia for medical treatment. In December 2019, Medevac was repealed, with Kerryn vowing to keep fighting for compassionate approaches to healthcare for those in Australia's care.
A passionate advocate for public health and civil rights, Kerryn will introduce our screening of the film, sharing her perspectives about the Medevac journey and her reasons for championing a more humane approach to healthcare legislation that impacts those detained by the Australian Government.
RSVP essential to reserve your seat/s at this very special evening.