MiningFM: Expert tips for coping emotionally as a family in tough times | the tricky transition from FIFO to 9-5
Thousands of people flocked to the busy Queensland Mining Exhibition (QME) in Mackay last month, checking out hundreds of national and international exhibits from as far afield as Poland, the US and China. Was great catching up with Jacqueline Bessa and NRL legend Tony Butterfield from our generous sponsors Mine Wealth + Wellbeing. The continued backing of our sponsors (you'll find all their logos below) allows us to maintain our free online support service for families nationwide.
Major award win for alicia
Mining Family Matters creator Alicia Ranford was named Social Leader of the Year at the recent Women in Industry Awards in Melbourne. The award recognises Alicia's commitment to supporting mining families, just as she does this month by working you through the tough transition from FIFO to 9-5.> read more
How to cope emotionally as a family when times are tough
Take responsibility for your grumpiness. Reflect on what's good in your life. And write a 'worry diary'. They're just three practical tips for coming together as a family to survive the industry downturn. It's an insightful piece by our psychologist Jane Dodding. > read more
"FIFO husband won't look after the kids. is this normal?"
A reader contacted us this month to ask if it's normal for FIFO husbands to demand their wives be fully available when they're home on R&R, and to refuse to help with housework or the kids. Our answer? Well, of course it's not normal for anyone to demand anything in a loving, caring relationship. But sometimes, relationships aren't that simple... > READ MORE
How to balance WORK and LIFE
How often do you say "No"? When did you last make your own needs a priority? If both answers are "never", it's time to reset your work/life balance – especially if you work away and you're stressed out. The experts at Mine Wealth + Wellbeing show us how. > read more
making new mum friends when your partner works away
With her three-month-old Mini Miner in tow, Sarah Long has been seeking out new friends in her brand new town. It hasn't all been smooth sailing, but with a nerdy join-in attitude and her usual eager charm, she's slowly meeting like-minded new mums... > read more
10 reasons to love hamilton island in winter
There's nothing quite like a holiday in the sun during our long, cold southern winters. And Hamilton Island is about as cruisy and stress-free as it gets. Lainie Anderson offers 10 reasons to skip spots like Bali and get your dose of family sun closer to home. > read more