6 Nov 2015

Australian medical body backs Nauru transfer call

4:45 pm on 6 November 2015

Australasia's largest specialist medical college, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, has joined the call for a high risk pregnant asylum seeker on Nauru to be transferred to Australia.

The College says in a statement the woman is in the 40th week of her pregnancy and Canberra needs to act quickly and ensure the birth takes place in Australia where appropriate health care can be provided.

The College's Dr Nicki Murdock says any mother likely to deliver a baby needing more than the most basic level of care must be transferred to Australia.

Earlier the Refugee Action Coalition called on the Australia Immigration and Border Department to stop putting the lives of baby and mother at risk.

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