Speech Pathologists for Kids Off Nauru

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**Please indicate if you are a current/retired/student speech pathologist by writing in the "Reasons for signing" section with "I am a current/retired/student speech pathologist and I call for #kidsoffnauru."

Dear Prime Minister Scott Morrison,

We are a group of speech pathologists greatly concerned at the ongoing detention of children and their families on Nauru. We are writing to urgently request their removal and transfer to Australia or New Zealand. Given that some are experiencing life-threatening conditions, we believe there is no time to negotiate another destination or to delay their evacuation.

As speech pathologists who work with vulnerable people of all ages, we are aware that children are particularly badly affected by severe stress and/or adverse living conditions.

This can affect them in a variety of ways resulting in life-long negative impacts on their mental and physical health, including, of course, their ability to communicate. All children remaining on Nauru are likely to be affected in detrimental ways, as the medical community has indicated.

As speech pathologists, we have a role to play in the lives of those unable to communicate or who struggle to do so. We feel it only right, therefore, to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, particularly these children and their families.

We urge you to remove them from Nauru as soon as possible, preferably before 20 November – Universal Children’s Day.

Yours Sincerely,

Speech Pathologists for Kids Off Nauru

Please note: The petition may ** include speech pathologists who are retired and students of speech pathology.