Research to support FIFO/DIDO families

The mining boom has changed the way of life for working parents in Queensland as they now face new challenges in raising their families.

A project at The University of Queensland (UQ) is looking into this and will investigate the impact of fly in/fly out (FIFO) or drive-in/drive-out (DIDO) work on children and families in Queensland.

Titled the Working Parents Research Project and based at UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre, the research team is eager to hear from FIFO/DIDO workers and their partners with a child aged between two and 12 years.

“The FIFO/DIDO work life is associated with potentially stressful lifestyle disruptions, including prolonged absences for workers from their partners and children, long work hours under often difficult work conditions, and large amounts of time spent commuting between work and home,” chief investigator Dr Cassy Dittman said.

“Despite the increasing prevalence of these work practices, very little has been done to determine the family impact of this lifestyle or to provide tailored support to these families.”

Dittman said information gathered from the research will be used to create a parenting support program designed for FIFO/DIDO families.

“It is hoped that providing effective family support might help to buffer any adverse effects of these work practices on families,” she said.

The first phase of the research is a 30 to 45 minute survey for all working parents. The second phase will focus on FIFO/DIDO workers and their partners.

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