Against Our Oath
Asylum seekers who arrive to Australia by boat are detained on the remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus. Ethical conflicts erupt for doctors working within this offshore system when the Australian government overrides their clinical decisions made for refugee patients. If doctors cannot follow their medical ethics what will happen to their patients?
This documentary gets behind the hospital doors to hear from the clinicians themselves who know they must never abandon their patients. The government does not want to follow doctors’ orders to transfer patients needing urgent medical care in Australia. They say it will weaken Australia’s borders. Herein lies the extraordinary conflict of medical ethics versus politics that is playing out for doctors in Australia today. How will this conflict be resolved?
Filmed over four years in ten countries, by award winning filmmaker Heather Kirkpatrick, this film will confront you with deep moral questions.
The film has an M Classification for Mature Audiences.
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