ACT Firefighters Concerned Emergency Calls Damage their Mental Health

Reported by Zoe | 25 Nov, 2013

Firefighters that are working at Canberra’s triple-0 call centre are requesting to be moved as they are concerned that overhearing ambulance calls that involve traumatic situations is damaging their mental health. However executives have rejected their call for a separate Fire and Rescue call centre and revealed their plan to review ACTs emergency communications hub. …

Mental health risks rural doctors face to be gauged in survey

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jan, 2013

The range and severity of mental health risks to rural doctors and medical students will be gauged as part of a national beyondblue survey starting February. The survey will include 8,000 students and 40,000 doctors, including all doctors working in rural areas. In a statement, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Academic Director, …

New study to focus on extent and impact of mental health issues to coal mining workers

Reported by Haydee | 17 Dec, 2012

A new study conducted by the researchers at the University of Newcastle aims to examine the extent and impact of mental health problems in the coal industry. Supported by a $350,000 grant from the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), Professor Brian Kelly together with his team will work with the Minerals Council and the …

Mining shift workers more susceptible to stress, says report

Reported by Haydee | 21 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A new survey revealed that fatigue, illness and stressed partners are some of the potential impacts of shift work in the mining industry. The Australian Coal and Energy Survey conducted by researchers from the Griffith University looked into 4500 mining and energy workers. The survey revealed that 58% of the total respondents …

2012 Comcare Conference Focus on Mental Health in September

Reported by Zoe | 20 Aug, 2012

This years Comcare Conference, 19th to 21st September, at the Sydney Convention Centre has a theme of Build, Connect and Support – Lead the Conversation, and more than 500 delegates from around Australia are expected to attend. The generally spotlight is on mental health with sub themes focused on wellbeing: Build—capability and awareness Connect—people for …

Mine rescue hero promotes mental health and workplace safety in Bondi

Reported by Haydee | 21 May, 2012

Explosives expert, Darren Flanagan who was instrumental in saving Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb from a collapsed mine shared his inspiring story at the Bondi Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast last Thursday. Speaking at the networking breakfast, Mr Flanagan said he was not there to talk about his role during the rescue. Wentworth …

Sydney Safety Conference & Show – Daily Wrap Up – 3

Reported by Angela | 27 Oct, 2011

There was a lot to hear, see and do at the Sydney Safety Conference & Show today – as there has been each day. Some of the topics covered today included the emerging area of managing mental health issues in the workplace; managing the long-term injured employee; and several small sessions looking at safety technologies …