Improving FIFO workers mental health and well-being

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Improving FIFO workers mental health and well-being

Scotford & Fennessy welcomes new report and recommendations to improve the health and mental well-being of FIFO workers in WA.

A new report detailing recommendations to help improve the mental health and well-being of FIFO workers and their families has been released by Curtin University’s Centre of Transformative Work Design.

The report, Impact of FIFO work arrangements on the mental health and well-being of FIFO workers, found that FIFO workers experience greater psychological distress, increased thoughts of suicide, more incidence of burnout, poorer overall well-being and sleep quality and higher levels of drug and alcohol abuse than non-FIFO workers.

The report states that to prevent the emergence of mental ill-health amongst FIFO workers, factors such as rosters, workplace culture and simple things like having access to a landline to be able to call home, can be extremely helpful. The report details 18 other detailed recommendations to action.

Scotford & Fennessy Managing Director, Nick Fennessy welcomed the study, its recommendations and actions.

“A lot of our placements we make in the mining sector are FIFO candidates and our business thoroughly supports any improvements that can be made to help the mental well-being of our candidates in the mining environment, including support for those family members they belong to. Any recommendations that will improve the health of FIFO workers will naturally result in a better outcome for those workers, their employers and for the WA community at large”.

The research was funded by the Western Australian government and is one of the most comprehensive research studies of the FIFO workforce undertaken in Australia.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is currently drafting a code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for FIFO workers in the resource and construction sectors following the report.

In addition, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA has launched a partnership with Lifeline to work to provide industry specific tools to support and improve onsite mental health strategies.

“We are all in this together and so any positive actions to improve mental health in the FIFO workforce is an investment in the WA community,” states Mr Fennessy.

Read the full report here: https://bit.ly/2Qe9oD8

Media Contact: Sharon Squires-Hansen: 0418320165