“Our sense is that everyone is vulnerable, but at the moment the more acute presentations are the Let Them Stay
cohort,” says Dr Tram Nguyen, medical director of specialist mental
health services at Melbourne’s Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health
Hub. This comes in the aftermath of the Federal government's decision to end Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) for several thousand
asylum seekers on bridging visas, which came into effect in 2018.
Starting in late 2017, the government began excluding full-time students including many on scholarships, and those who had sent over $1,000 overseas to help relatives. Now the government is reducing payments to many more asylum seekers.