A new report has found that fly-in,fly-out (FIFO) workers experience high levels of psychological distress compared to non-FIFO workers.
FIFO workers experience higher levels of distress, 33 per cent whereas only 17 per cent of non-FIFO workers experience psychological distress.
Researchers evaluated more than 3000 FIFO workers and their families in the WA government funded research.
The report found that FIFO workers were already using a range of positive strategies to manage their mental health including maintaining regular communication with family and friends while on-site as well as seeking mental health support when necessary.
Researchers made 18 recommendations including rosters and shift patterns that suggest better rest time, permanent rooms at accommodation sites and building local community connections.
The full copy of the report can be read at http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au