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Authors: Sue Crock and Julie Loveny, WA

Year: 2014

Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings 2014, FIFO (fly in, fly out)

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-9-5

Abstract: This paper outlines the challenges faced by FIFO (fly in, fly out) workers and families. This work pattern supports the mining and resources sector particularly in Western Australia and Queensland. According to research published in February 2014 by the Australian Institute of Family Studies ‘Fly-in fly-out workforce practices in Australia: The effects on children and family relationships’ there are only a limited number of studies researching FIFO and the impact on mental health and well-being and the findings are conflicting. Some suggest a higher incidence of psychological distress due to the FIFO work pattern and others find no evidence to support this. This paper will provide some insights into the FIFO lifestyle and its challenges for workers and families. The authors are experienced mental health social workers and adult educators who have worked FIFO themselves, providing on-site support in the WA resources sector. They have been funded by the WA Mental Health Commission to develop an online resource ‘This FIFO Life’ to support the mental health of FIFO workers and their families.

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