FIFO mental health response ‘appalling’
State Government has been criticised for inaction in committing to any of the recommendations made by a report into the mental health of fly-in, fly-out workers more than a year ago.
The inquiry into the impact of FIFO work practices on mental health recommended 30 actions be taken to curb the spate of suicides and mental health problems affecting industries using FIFO workforces. Last week, FIFO mental health and suicide prevention campaigner Sharon Johnson, a widow of a former FIFO worker, said the lack of action had been frustrating.
“We know things have to change, and we have the blueprint, but still nothing seems to be happening,” she said.
“How much more urgent can it be? How many more do we have to lose?”
Shadow mental health minister Stephen Dawson said industry and the Government needed to be more proactive in addressing FIFO mental health issues.
“The Liberal-National Government’s response to this report has been appalling,” he said.
“A cross-party committee looked into this serious issue and brought back sensible recommendations only for Government to discount many of them.
“The Liberal-National Government’s lack of action in tackling the scourge of suicide gives me no confidence that they treat this issue seriously.”
The Australian ManufacturThe ing Workers Union, Electrical Trades Union, and Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union presented a petition with more than 4000 signatures calling on the Government to implement the report’s recommendations last week.
AMWU State secretary Steve McCartney said families were concerned about the Government’s failure to implement any of the reports recommendations.
“Reform is desperately needed in the FIFO sector, and yet the State Government has abandoned hardworking Western Australians and continues to put the big end of town first,” he said.