Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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Important FIFO report recommendations

Wednesday 24 Jun 2015 WA Labor has welcomed the final report into the mental health impacts of FIFO work.

Janine Freeman was a member of the Education and Health Standing Committee, which recently released their report on their inquiry into Fly-in, Fly-out employment.
The inquiry was launched in response to a motion moved by WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan last year, following the tragic suicides of nine FIFO workers in Western Australian in the past year.
The committee was unable to identify the precise cause of these tragic suicides, but made a number of recommendations for industry and government so that we can reduce the risks in the future.
The report recommends a Code of Practice negotiated with government, industry and stakeholders to address FIFO work arrangements and their impact on workers' mental health.
FIFO work can be a very isolating experience, and so peer based support programs such as Mates in Construction will also be important for improving mental health.
The committee also recommends the Attorney General provide funding so that the Coroner's Court of WA can develop and implement a searchable database, which will allow recording and monitoring of trends in reportable deaths in Western Australia.
"The mental health of FIFO workers must be made a priority for government and industry," Janine Freeman said.

"The recommendations made by the committee are reasonable and essential, and I hope the Barnett Government and the industry respond promptly to implement them quickly."

"We can't stand by and do nothing on this issue."

"We need to work together to develop an industry wide Code of Practice.

• Parliamentary Committee hands down report into the impact of FIFO work on workers' mental health
• Recommendations must be implemented as a matter of urgency
• Nine FIFO workers committed suicide in WA in the space of 12 months