Health Study to assess how FIFO lifestyle affects health

Study to assess how FIFO lifestyle affects health

A new study will assess how daily health behaviours and FIFO work roster patterns correspond with the wellbeing of miners and their partners.

The fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) lifestyle may affect partners as well as workers, say researchers from CQUniversity Bundaberg.

A new study will assess how varying work patterns affect the wellbeing and mental health of workers and their partners.

Conducted by CQUniversity Bundaberg Psychology student Kristie-Lee Alfrey and guided by  Post-doctoral Research Fellow Dr Amanda Rebar, a survey will go out to workers from across Australia, and will be followed up with email interviews.

“Much of the current research is based solely around the FIFO worker. We aim to gain insight from FIFO partners also,” Ms Alfrey says.

“There is a general calling for further research to be conducted into FIFO areas, specifically, roster lengths, health behaviour and FIFO relationships. Our study lays the foundation for further research into these areas,” Ms Alfrey says.

The researchers hope the findings of the study will help inform the development of intervention programs specifically for FIFO workers and their partners.

Read more about the FIFO study here. Story credit: CQUniversity newsroom. 

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