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Assessing links between FIFO lifestyle, health behaviours and well-being

Published:06 February 2017

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A new study is taking a unique personal-level approach to assess the health behaviours and wellbeing of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) employees and their partners.

CQUniversity Bundaberg Psychology student Kristie-Lee Alfrey is keen to get a broad sample of survey responses from across Australia, before following up with email interviews.

“We will be assessing daily health behaviours and FIFO work roster patterns and how these correspond with the well-being of miners and their partners,” Ms Alfrey says.

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

“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.

“This insight into the FIFO lifestyle will provide invaluable information regarding prevalence of wellbeing and health behaviours of this population and the dynamics of these across days, partners, and work rosters.

“The findings of this study will fill a gap in the literature in regards to how the health behaviours and wellbeing of this population differ day-to-day and whether roster has anything to do with that.

“On a broader scope, this study will be beneficial to the wider community by providing data to inform future longitudinal studies and intervention efforts.

Ms Alfrey’s study is guided by CQUniversity Post-doctoral Research Fellow Dr Amanda Rebar.

Those interested in contributing can contact fifolifestylestudy@gmail.com or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CquFIFO .