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Mining Family Matters was launched in February 2010 to provide free professional support and practical advice to Australian families in mining, oil and gas. It’s the brainchild of mining mum Alicia Ranford, who came up with the idea of a support website after her own young children struggled to cope with their dad's fly-in, fly-out roster. She teamed up with friend and journalist Lainie Anderson, and Mining Family Matters was born! In the space of five years we’ve grown our website readership to thousands every month, and we’ve sold more than 120,000 copies of our survival guides.

Alicia Ranford: Creator/director of Mining Family Matters. Alicia is a registered nurse, mother of two and mining wife. Alicia and her mining engineer husband Joe moved six times in a decade, so she's an expert at relocating a young family, coping with life in isolated mining towns and staying happily married despite the challenges of FIFO.


Lainie Anderson: Director of Mining Family Matters. Lainie's the lead columnist in Adelaide’s Sunday Mail and has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, public relations, website editing and marketing. She is also a wife and mother of two, and writes regularly in her column about the pressures of modern-day relationships and motherhood.  


Jane Dodding: Psychologist on Mining Family Matters. Jane completed her psychology degree in 1991. She has a particular interest in preventative care and has co-authored Be Happy Cards – a resource to help enhance the happiness and emotional resilience of children. She also has a passion for supporting rural communities and is the Director of MindsPlus which provides psychology services in rural and remote Australia.


Therese Lardner: MiningFM's careers specialist. Therese is the lead psychologist for Mindset Coaching and Consulting. She's a registered psychologist with extensive experience in all areas of the employment cycle from recruitment and selection to development, employee engagement and career transition. Therese gained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology and also has a Masters of Organisational Psychology from the Uni of Qld.


 Behind the website...

Sam Kleidon is the clever designer behind the look of the Mining Family Matters website, Mining Families Rock and our suite of guides. We can't recommend her highly enough. www.samkleidon.com

The website was developed using Joomla software by the great team at Integrity Online. They also host the site for us: www.integrityonline.com.au.

If you have any other queries about us or the website, please drop us a line