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Early results of FIFO study reveal mental health support trends

Early results of FIFO study reveal mental health support trends

Published:16 March 2017

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

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.

In early survey results, respondents reported mostly having good days (74%); however on 11 per cent of days, people reported feeling overwhelmed with stress.

Early results also show that survey respondents reported ‘needing but not seeking’ mental health support (6 percent) more often than they reported ‘needing and finding’ mental health support (3 per cent).

CQUniversity Bundaberg Psychology undergraduate 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 the FIFO population,” 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 with regard to unique working times."

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

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