Doctors say asylum seekers will get worse, not better on Christmas Island

"We’ve received really distressed messages from our patients saying, ‘please, please, please do not send me to Christmas island. I was there five years ago, I was there six years ago, I don’t want to go back'," Dr Rufener told SBS News. 

"This is a place that caused fear, anxiety and worry in them five or six years ago and to put them back into that situation when they’re acutely ill quite frankly is cruel.

"People who have experienced trauma, when they’re re-exposed to a traumatic situation often their symptoms worsen."