Minister defends FIFO health initiatives
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell has rubbished perceptions the State Government has not taken action on addressing mental health issues facing flyin, fly-out workers.
Responding to claims made last week the Government had made no progress in implementing any of the 30 recommendations made by the inquiry into the impact of FIFO work practices on mental health, Ms Mitchell said “significant” progress had been made on recommendations which applied to the Mental Health Commission.
She said the Telethon Kids Institute had been contracted to develop a coronial suicide information system which should be ready early next year.
“A FIFO mental health research steering committee has been established, chaired by Lifeline, and comprising mental health, alcohol and other drug and industry representatives,” she said. “The committee is finalising a research brief to conduct independent research into mental health impacts of work arrangements and alcohol and other drug use on FIFO workers and their families.
“The commission is funding services and programs that provide training within the resources industry, including Mates in Construction, the workplace suicide prevention program and This FIFO Life website.”
A petition organised by three unions reignited debate around the subject earlier this month.
If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell says “significant” progress has been made on implementing recommendations into the impact of FIFO work practices on mental health.