The existence of labour and human rights abuses in medical goods supply chains has implications for Australian healthcare companies and public procurement, as the health and well-being of Australians should not come at the cost of the abuse and exploitation of workers in low-wage countries. Consequently, ethical production, procurement and management of medical goods supply chains is of critical importance. Australian healthcare companies that produce or procure these items, as well as government, healthcare organisations and end-users, have the power and the responsibility to protect workers in medical goods supply chains. This report finds that despite their legal and moral responsibilities, the healthcare sector and government in Australia are failing to address labour and human rights violations linked to the production of healthcare goods.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and The Australia Institute 2017