​Coping With A FIFO Lifestyle – How Do They Do It?

Research   has identified a number of strategies FIFO workers and their families use to cope with the varied health and social issues associated with this lifestyle. However, to date the majority of existing research in this area has not been particularly consistent. It's patchy and descriptive rather than theory based, and doesn't provide muc...
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​The Mental Health Impacts Of Having A FIFO Work Partner

People take up FIFO employment for a variety of reasons. In many cases, it's predominantly about the money. FIFO jobs pay well compared with the same urban-based jobs and with clever fiscal management, people can make a substantial dent in their household debt, notably mortgage and housing loan repayments. However, working FIFO also comes with down...
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FIFO Workers And Risky Drinking

​ A 2018 study commissioned by the Western Australian Mental Health Commission confirmed previous studies about the prevalence of heavy alcohol (and drug) use amongst FIFO workers.  What constitutes a 'drinking habit'? Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) identifies that: Regularly drinking more than 2 standard drin...
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​Managing A FIFO Workforce

Many studies indicate that the FIFO / DIDO workforce underpinning some of the biggest mining economies in the world is typically synonymous with a range of significant health problems, notably around depression, drugs, and alcohol abuse. Managing this workforce successfully in the modern mining environment requires a diverse range of specialist ski...
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Looming Changes For FIFO Employees In Western Australia

​ There could be interesting changes (challenges?) ahead for Australian mining's FIFO workers, at least for the foreseeable future. Whilst the sector has certainly seen some changes since the pandemic that is COVID-19 hit the world, they could well pale by comparison to those in the pipeline!  Australia, and one state in particular, leads the ...
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The Impact Of FIFO Mental Health Problems On Small Rural Mining Communities

One of the most traumatic results of mental health issues within the community generally is suicide. In a large metropolitan area, these may go relatively unnoticed in the overall scheme of things outside the victim's immediate sphere of family, friends, and work colleagues. However, when it happens in a small community it has the potential to impa...
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​Tips For A FIFO Working Christmas On A Mine Site

As the Christian world ramps up for yet another Christmas we spare a thought for those FIFO workers who will be spending Christmas and the Festive Season working on a mine site. It would be nice to think mine sites could shut down in observance of occasions like Christmas to allow their staff to spend Christmas Day with family and friends. The real...
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​The Value Of FIFO Lifestyle Inductions To Those Who Would Receive Them

Inductions are an important part of welcoming new employees into a company and are commonly used in many industries. They provide employees with vital information around policies and procedures, and they help equip them with the skills and knowledge they'll require in relation to their new job with that particular company. Inductions are also a way...
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Is The Mental Health Of FIFO Workers Improving?

Over the years there have been many calls for the mining industry to start taking the issue of mental health and well being amongst FIFO workers more seriously. The statistics are damning, and each report that studies the subject adds more evidence to the growing pile, backing up and substantiating facts that are already known. For example, the Cit...
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Ahh FIFO Rosters……….!

In May of this year (2018) Rural and Remote Mental Health ​ , an Australian not-for-profit public company specialising in providing mental health programs and services for those who live and work in rural and remote Australia, presented a report called Psychological distress in remote mining and construction workers in Australia ​ . Whilst the repo...
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International FIFO Mining Work – The Pros And Cons

We've looked at the life of FIFO workers who work within their own country or in developed countries but there are also many FIFO workers who work overseas in under developed or developing countries. These jobs have some pretty unique challenges that those who haven't actually lived the life may not realise. Or may find difficult to comprehend. The...
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FIFO – Life In A Mining Camp

FIFO – for most people it generally brings to mind machinery operators, plant workers and tradies flying backwards and forwards between their remote or overseas place of work and their homes in metropolitan areas. However, a fair percentage of FIFO workers are also executives and middle management. Some of them choose the FIFO lifestyle whilst othe...
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The FIFO Lifestyle – It’s About More Than Just Money

The money might be good but does it come at a cost? Those who live the FIFO lifestyle will likely tell you they've earned every single penny of that money in terms of life style adjustments, sacrifices, long roster cycles, body clock adjustments and plain hard work! And then some! A Few Facts About FIFO Australia is acknowledged as the FIFO capital...
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