A PORTLAND psychologist who recently returned from a two and a half week deployment at the Manus Island detention centre said she felt never felt afraid among the asylum seekers on the island.
Tess Howells was part of a team of three professionals who were asked by a medical recruiting agency to go to ManusIsland to assess the detainees in late February-early March.
She said she would return to the island from April 10 for another deployment.
“It was a good opportunity to use my skills in a useful way … I was there to assess the mental health of detainees,” she said.
ManusIsland has been transformed into a detention centre and regional processing centre for around 1300 asylum seekers, as part of an agreement between the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments.
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