Cash for FIFO worker mental health

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Almost half a million dollars has been injected into research to improve the health and wellbeing of workers in fly-in, fly-out jobs.

The University of WA’s Centre for Transformative Work Design has received $498,841 to carry out research into the health impacts of FIFO arrangement on workers.

Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook announced the research program as part of the 50th annual Mental Health Week to encourage more people to turn their attention to mental health and contribute to the study.

“In Western Australia, we have a large population of FIFO workers,” he said. “The benefits and challenges of a FIFO lifestyle can be different to other workforces and parts of the community. It’s important we determine the nature of wellbeing in this sector and the specific factors and strategies that governments, employers and employees can implement to address (the) mental health and wellbeing of FIFO workers.”

The research program aims to understand the range of workplace factors that contribute to FIFO workers’ mental health issues and identify positive strategies that can be used by individuals, families and organisations in the FIFO environment.

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FIFO workers and their families are invited to express interest and can find out more by visiting www.crowdresearch.uwa.edu.au/project/mental-health-fly-fly-fifo-workers.

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