This study aims to identify effective strategies which employers can use to minimise psychosocial risk to FIFO workers, in particular, new FIFO workers. Industries employing FIFO workers include mining, oil and gas, forestry and construction. Previous research has suggested that the combination of distance from family, a strict highly-regulated camp lifestyle and poor pre-employment mental preparation for FIFO results in unhealthy levels of mental and psychosocial stress on workers. Furthermore, there have been indications such as high turnover rates, depression rates, drug use and self-harm; even to the point of suicide, to suggest that the current measures taken by employers to alleviate psychosocial stress are ineffective.

This study will investigate the effectiveness of services and facilities that employers are currently providing workers, and will provide recommendations for improvement in this area. Considerations for the varying demographics of FIFO workers (including age, marital status, gender, and experience in FIFO) will be taken.

Research suggests that neither worker nor employer have an accurate impression of each individual’s suitability to FIFO work. Therefore, one example of this is the development a pre-employment tool which employers can provide to new FIFO workers which helps them prepare for the mental stresses of FIFO work.

Advisors: Dr Margaret CookDr Kelly Johnstone

Project members

Wesley Ho

Wesley HO

PhD candidate