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A Third of FIFO Workers Experience High Levels of Psychological Distress

A new research report released today encourages employers to improve the mental health and well being of FIFO workers.

The report found that FIFO workers experience higher levels of psychological distress and workplace bullying than non-FIFO workers.

It also makes 18 recommendations – including rosters and shift patterns that provide better rest times – and permanent rooms at accommodation sites.

Today Oliver Peterson spoke to Lifeline WA CEO Lorna MacGregor about their partnership with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy to help improve the mental health of FIFO workers.

“We have always known there are particular issues and challenges around FIFO mental health

“This report confirms what we know from anecdotal evidence.

“It provides real clear insights and focus on how we can improve the outcomes for FIFO workers and their families.”

Lifeline can be contacted 24/7 on 13 11 14

The research report, Impact of FIFO work arrangements on the mental health and well being of FIFO workers, was funded by the McGowan Government and is one of the most comprehensive FIFO research studies undertaken in Australia.

 

 

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