The founding Executive of FACE are scholars, FIFO workers, researchers and service providers who volunteer their time to provide this network to benefit the families, men and women impacted by issues associated with long-distance commuting or FIFO.
Executive committee members
Lorili Jacobs, The University of Western Australia
Lorili Jacobs is a mature age PhD candidate with a long-term interest in women’s health particularly pregnancy. Her first career was as an obstetric ultrasonographer at King Edward Memorial Hospital followed by Master of Science at Curtin University. She has worked for several research studies at the University of Western Australia over the years.
In conjunction with UWA School of Population Health and WA Centre for Rural Health, Lorili is currently the FIFO Pregnancy Study Coordinator www.uwa.edu.au/fifo investigating pregnancy in the context of FIFO for (i) pregnant women who work FIFO; and for (ii) pregnant women in the community whose partner works FIFO.
In the past, Lorili was a member of the national Competency Based Standards Ultrasound Expert Panel and taught obstetric ultrasound at Curtin University and in hospitals. She is a member of the Women’s Health Special Interest Group of Public Health Association of Australia. In her spare time she enjoys Indian cooking and interior design.
Mobile: +61 404 303 440
Skype name: LoriliJacobs
Philippa Vojnovic is a co-director and senior counsellor/ psychotherapist at Mine Psychs (minepsychs.com.au), a private practice and consulting company. She is a PhD candidate and her doctoral study investigates the well-being and help-seeking (accessing support) among fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in the Australian resources Industry. Philippa has published on the topics of adjustment, mental health, stigma and suicide of FIFO workers. She also enjoys playing chess.
Mobile: +61 410 152 992
Skype name: Philippa.Vojnovic
Libby Brook, Murdoch University.
I am a registered Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychology. I completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Murdoch, whilst working in HR. My Masters looked at fatigue in different roster patterns (swings) in the mining industry for Rio Tinto. With this, I travelled around Karratha and surrounding areas, as well as Paraburdoo and Tom Price.
I then worked in a counselling role in the Department of Corrective Services (DCS), before moving into Employee Relations in the construction industry working with both FIFO and residential employees. I returned to DCS to work as the Recruitment Psychologist in the Strategic Human Resources Team for Prisons. I have also done some consultancy work for UWA, the Perth Zoo and DCS; and am an Army Reserves Psychology Officer.
I have taught in the Organisational Psychology program at Murdoch since 2007 and my interests relate to well-being at work, which includes stress, bullying, burnout, fatigue and health and safety at work. FIFO workers and FIFO partners/families are of particular interest to our current research.
Zoe Tierney, Communicare
Zoe has worked within the Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) sector for the past 5 years. She stepped into her role as a program facilitator while completing her Bachelor of Psychology at Murdoch University. Zoe is now in a supervisory role overseeing the community based FDV program and also a general offending program, run within the prison setting. From this perspective, FIFO creates some interesting variables in regards to engaging and working with clients.
On a personal note, Zoe has grown up within the FIFO community, with her father having worked away since she could remember. She has seen some of the impacts this lifestyle can have not only on the workers but also their families. In general her aim is to help others in being able to improve their wellbeing and live a life they find fulfilling.