​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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​Could There Be A New Commodities SuperCycle Ahead?

Last month a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm hinted in reasonably strong terms that they believe indicators are pointing to what could be a new supercycle for commodities over the coming months. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, it comes on the back of the global health and economic disaster that is covid-19...
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Spotlight On Environmental Geology

Environmental geologists, through geologic data and application of 'principles of geology', can identify / remediate / prevent / resolve human-induced environmental issues before they become problematic. Humans have entered a critical phase in our history. As the earth's natural resources shrink and our population grows, there are critical decision...
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​Industrial Mining Tourism – A New Opportunity For Old Mining Areas

Fancy a holiday tripping (literally and figuratively) around some of the world's premier wine making regions? Perhaps you're a tech fan, in which case a tour of places like Silicon Valley would be more your 'bent'. Either way, these types of holidays, where the destination is more about visiting the industrial sites associated with that destination...
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​2021 – What Does It Have In Store For Mining?

 As 20 21 gets underway, and we reflect back on the interesting year that was 2020, it's worth noting a few key factors, and how those may well affect what is to come.  There's no doubt that 2020 will go down in history as a watershed year. So many things about the way we operate, particularly at a global level, may well have changed fore...
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​Spotlight On Medical Geology

Perhaps you have an interest in geologic matter, and helping people? If so, a career as a medical geologist could be what you're looking for!  In its broadest sense, medical geology studies exposure to or deficiency of trace elements and minerals; inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, mod...
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Education For A More Sustainable Mining Future

"…the objectives of an observation give meaning to what defines sustainable mining. Thus, the observations of host local communities in terms of cultural values and economic livelihood, which is linked to environmental endowments, inform their perceptions of sustainable mining. The profit and revenue interests of both governments and industry playe...
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​Sustainable Mining – Do We Have Consensus On What It Really Means?

Sustainability – a long-term goal. Sustainable development – the pathways and processes needed to achieve that goal.  Sustainable development as per UNESCO refers to "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."    The Johannesburg Declaration on Sust...
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​Age: 'It's Just A Number' But Somehow It Matters - Ageism And Mining

As a mining recruitment specialist, I get asked about ageism a lot!  Ageism, also spelled agism, is stereotyping and/or discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. This may be casual or systematic. It includes prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process; discriminatory practices agains...
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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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​Mining And How It Can Affect Food Security In Africa

In 1996 the World Food Summit came up with a definition for 'food security', namely that it is achieved " at the individual, household, national, regional and global levels, when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and heal...
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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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How Some Of Our Common Metals Got Their Names

Mercury Have you ever wondered how many of the familiar, and not so familiar metals we're surrounded by got their names? And their sometimes seemingly totally unrelated symbols? Actinium (Ac)… …is a not very abundant radioactive metal. Actinium is silvery white in colour and has an eerie characteristic. It glows blue in the dark, which may be ...
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​The Future For Gold – Is It Brighter Than Ever?

The price of gold is soaring to new levels despite, or perhaps because of, the woes befalling the global economy, and pundits predict it will go higher yet, smashing all sorts of previous records. Will it, and just what makes this particular metal so special?  Where Does Most Of The World's Gold Currently End Up? It's a funny thing but – our f...
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​Gold: A Trip Down Memory Lane

For more than 6000 years, gold has held its place at the head of the economics value chain. This unswerving longevity has produced a confidence that this situation isn't likely to change anytime soon. Historically gold has underpinned governments, currencies, and entire economies. It still does – gold is the only metal central banks and governments...
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Bacteria And Biomining

​ What do humans, microbes and living organisms in general have in common? We all need metals to catalyse the enzyme and cellular reactions that form the basis of life. In mammals, copper for example is needed to set off the chain reactions that produce pigment. Pigment helps protect us from UV damage. Magnesium works synergistically with calcium t...
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​Making Mining Employment Less Challenging

One of the world's major mining economies is stepping up to the plate and making it less challenging to find a job in the industry. That's not to say it's 'easy' to get one, or less time consuming though. Indeed, for those after a particular position, it may still be a waiting game. However, the Australian Government is on a path to make the proces...
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Handy Tips For Working In A Post-Covid Work Place

​ As some countries ease restrictions and people prepare to return to work, even though the global health crisis that is Covid-19 is very far from over, we take a look at some of the ways in which employers can make the process a whole lot safer for employees. We also consider some of the expectations from employees when they are considering return...
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