MiningFM: major awards for our Rock Solid program | thinking ahead for a fun FIFO Christmas | mental health blueprint for WA mining industry
Mining Family Matters has won two major awards for our Rock Solid suicide prevention pilot program, run in conjunction with Wesley LifeForce and generously sponsored in South Australia by the Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee. The program, which arms workers with strategies to build resilience and prevent suicide, took out the Australian Mining Prospect Award for Community Interaction and a South Australian Regional Award for Health. > READ MORE
surviving with a growing brood and a husband who works away
Deb Russo's boys are growing up fast now, but she's still often asked how she coped with three babies at home while her husband worked offshore. She looks back on how she managed to cope and offers some great, practical advice. > read more
think ahead to create fifo christmas memories
If your partner is on a FIFO roster this Christmas, never fear! Mining wife Alicia Ranford has sent a stack of Christmas care packages in her time, and organised a few early Christmas lunches too. She says now is the perfect time to start planning, and spells out exactly how to make it all happen. > read more
MENTAL HEALTH BLUEPRINT FOR WA RESOURCES INDUSTRY
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia is shining a light on emotional wellbeing, releasing a new Mental Health Blueprint for industry. Identifying key directions and strategies on everything from leadership and policies to education and training and access to care, the blueprint is a must read for companies across WA and nationwide.> READ MORE
After a week alone with the kids, I really respect my wife!
FIFO Man Luke Baker is a pretty switched-on bloke, so he knows life isn't a competition about who works harder. He certainly understands that FIFO workers and their partners back at home can both do it tough sometimes. A week alone with the kids has really given him a renewed perspective though, and an extra level of respect for how the other half live. > read more
Perinatal week highlights pressures facing mums and dads
Psychologist Angie Willcocks specialises in perinatal care and often talks to new dads who suddenly feel overwhelmed by financial pressures and thinking they need to "be it all". She offers her usual fantastic advice on how to relax into parenthood. > read more
orange town: a fifo thriller!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on shift, here's a novel that will have you shaking in your donga. Author Paul Rhoden has worked in construction since the age of 18 and draws on his own experiences to create this debut FIFO thriller. > read more
online finds to put fun into your christmas festivities
For nearly six years, shopping guru Kathy Ranford has been searching out the best new online finds for our readers, and this Christmas she doesn't disappoint. From gorgeous door mats to inflatable pineapple pool beds, she's got fun ideas for the whole family. > read more
exhausted? sometimes it's ok to just say 'no'
In her many years as a Miner's Girl, Sarah Long has always tried to keep busy while her DIDO boyfriend's away. After reaching 30 this month, the old girl's realised that racing around to stay distracted is actually pretty exhausting ... so she's trying out the N-word. > read more