- Government to work with industry and mental health sector to address issues
The State Government has responded to the findings of a Parliamentary report into the impact of fly in, fly out (FIFO) on the mental health of workers in the resources industry.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the Government had carefully considered the report by the Education and Health Standing Committee.
"The health and safety of workers in the resources industry is one of the Government's highest priorities," Mr Marmion said.
"Mental health is a community-wide concern and any information highlighting factors influencing the incidence of mental health issues among vulnerable sections of the community is welcomed.
"We will now work with the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) and the Mental Health Commission to address the report's recommendations."
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton welcomed the focus on further understanding the complex factors that contributed to mental illness and suicide risk among workers.
"A strong evidence base is vital as we continue to develop effective and targeted initiatives to support mental health in workplaces and to reduce the risk of suicide across the State," Mrs Morton said.
Mr Marmion said the Government supported 14, noted 15 and partially supported one of the report's 30 recommendations.
"Many of the aims and objectives of the recommendations can be achieved by reviewing and strengthening existing codes of practice," he said.
"Planning is underway on a Work Health and Safety (Resources) Bill which will provide an opportunity to address other recommendations in the report."
- MIAC is made up of representatives from Government, industry and unions and, along with the Mental Health Commission, will play an important role in advancing the recommendations
Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6800
Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6900