World first: a SELF-HELP BOOK for mining families

The group that released a survival guide for mining families last year has now released a book that touches on all the issues that effect those in the mining industry. 
Mining Families Rock is the creation of the award-winning Mining Family Matters team and features 70 chapters of professional advice and practical strategies to help ensure that lucrative mining jobs don't jeopardise strong relationships with partners and children. 
The 176-page book was written by Mining Family Matters co-creators Alicia Ranford and Lainie Anderson and psychologist Angie Willcocks. 
Ranford says the team was prompted to write a wide-ranging book for miners and their families after the overwhelming success of 32-page Survival Guide for Mining Families, with sales topping 50,000 since March last year.  
"The response to the Survival Guide has been fantastic, with dozens of mining companies now including the guide in induction packs or distributing to their existing workforce – these companies should be applauded for investing in the emotional wellbeing of employees and their families. 
"From the growing number of visitors to our website www.miningfm.com.au, we also know that miners and their partners are also incredibly proactive in their own right – they want to make mining work financially, without causing problems emotionally. 
"That's why we've created this book – to give families simple tools and professional advice in all areas of mining life, from intimate relationships and parenting to settling into a new mining town or coping with those first few unsettling swings on a remote mine site." 
Ranford says the book is also aimed at the thousands of people keen to tap into Australia's mining boom, with timely advice on where to start looking for a mining job and everything new miners need to know about things like mining camp etiquette, mining jargon and what to pack for their first shift.  
Mining Family Matters psychologist Angie Willcocks says there is a lot of attention in Australia on the negative impacts of FIFO rosters on families, and it's time to turn the focus onto how to make these couples more resilient.  
"Working away from home is a fact of life for a growing number of Australian families – it can be a positive experience so long as couples are very clear about goals and potential problems up front," Willcocks says.  
"They need to tackle any issues as a united team and regularly reassess how the whole family is coping."  
Ranford says one of the major aims in writing Mining Families Rock was to make mining families feel good about their lifestyle choices, whether they preferred to live residentially in a mining town or do FIFO or DIDO. "The mining boom offers great opportunities for families, but after six moves in a decade and eight years of FIFO I know it can also put intense pressure on couples trying to maintain a strong relationship and raise happy, healthy kids.  
"Great communication is the absolute key, and hopefully this book will start a lot of conversations on many personal levels," she says.