The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has appointed its first mental health and wellbeing inspector of mines, Amy Douglas-Martens.
Douglas-Martens is a registered psychologist and will work as part of the mines and inspectorate team.
She will help develop health and safety protocols geared toward mental health and wellbeing and physical safety.
Douglas-Martens said she was excited to join the team and enhance wellbeing in the resources sector.
“Our long-term goal is not only to give operators and their employees the necessary tools to manage mental health and the associated risks, but also to increase their confidence in putting the tools into action,” she said.
While protecting mental health may be a high priority, Douglas-Martens said the large amount of information makes it hard for mining companies to apply these to their health and safety plans.
“One requirement is to make this information more accessible for the people who are developing workplace health and safety plans and support in deciding where to begin,” she said.
Douglas-Martens also added that supporting miners will also bring benefits the wider WA community.
Graduate officer, Tyler van der Merwe, who specialises in mental health and wellbeing, also joined the department in January this year, working in the Resources Safety division.
She said the stigma around mental health still remains as one of the major barriers to those looking for help.
State mining engineer and director of mines safety Andrew Chaplyn said the women enhanced the Resources Safety team and will help address mental health and wellbeing issues in WA’s resources sector.