Nathan Rowden says McDermott is working to ameliorate the downside of working offshore. Photo:Jeffry Lim

Wellness program targets Fifo isolation

There is no doubt that fly-in, fly-out workers face significant professional and personal challenges in their roles with key resources projects across the state.

And while issues arising from land-based worker camps are becoming better known and managed, how much (if at all) does the added isolation of those toiling offshore on Western Australia’s oil and gas projects amplify these factors?

In recognition of what it says is a gap between occupational health and safety measures and the mental and emotional strains shaped by Fifo conditions, global construction contractor McDermott last year introduced a targeted health and wellness program for its staff working offshore on Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project.


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The disconnect between Fifo workers and their families is a concern. Some employers invest in their workers by paying for them to participate in events with the families, almost forcing the workers to connect with their families and others in the community. One event ideally suited is the Perth Ramble - a four-hour charity event in the streets of Perth - a mix between a treasure hunt and an Amazing Race. Suits all fitness levels and ages.

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