Research on FIFO lifestyle to find links to wellbeing

A new Central Queensland (CQ) University study aims to assess how the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker lifestyle affects the wellbeing of miners and their partners.

The research, conducted by CQ University psychology student Kristie-Lee Alfrey, will assess FIFO work roster patterns and health behaviours, and how they relate to miners and their partner’s wellbeing.

“Much of the current research is based solely around the FIFO worker. We aim to gain insight from FIFO partners also,” she said.

“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.”

Alfrey added that the insights into the FIFO lifestly will provide important information regarding prevalence of wellbeing and health behaviours of the workers and highlight dynamics of these across work rosters, days and partners.

“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,” she added.

On a wider scale, the research will be used to provide data to support intervention efforts and future longitudinal studies.

Alfrey intends to gather a broad sample of survey responses from around Australia.