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Mining and construction employers benefited from access to a range of tools, resources and experience at WorkCover Queensland’s mental health forum held in Brisbane on 3 June.

Titled Working together to improve mental health, the forum gave attendees an opportunity to learn from charities Mates in Construction and Beyond Blue, understand legal implications, how treating sleep disorders can help mental health, and a psychiatrist’s view of mental health in the mining industry.

They also learnt how technology is used to check the mental wellbeing of a fly in fly out (FIFO) workforce with a real example showcased by Murphy Pipe and Civil which utilised an app by solutions firm MateCheck.

WorkCover Queensland Manager Customer Services Jackie Cumming was pleased that WorkCover was able to facilitate so many speakers to share their knowledge with employers in the industry.

“Mental health is a growing concern, regardless of whether the mental health issue is work related or not,” she said.

“We’ve held this event because some employers in the industry told us they needed help in discussing and assisting workers with mental health problems.

“It was staggering to learn from Beyond Blue that around one million people in Australia live with depression, while around two million Australian’s live with anxiety,” Jackie said.

“Some of the tools and resources that were shared today can allow these employers to help their workers.”

These tools include free resources provided by Beyond Blue Heads Up program and Mates In Construction, both aiming to reduce suicide.

Jackie said initial feedback indicated the event was well received, and that it was important that mental health and wellbeing was addressed to ensure that people were able to access the appropriate support at the right time.

More information - websites

Beyond Blue Heads Up

Mates In Construction

Murphy Pipe and Civil

Health and wellbeing at work

More information - copies of presentations

Beyond Blue Heads Up presentation

Dibbs Barker presentation

Gryphon Psychology presentation

MateCheck presentation

Mates in Construction presentation

Murphy Pipe and Civil presentation

WorkCover Queensland presentation

Last updated
29 May 2017