Past events


FIFO Work and Its Impact Post the Boom Era Sept 16, 2016

Together the UWA Centre for Social Impact and The FIFO Australian Community of Excellence held a community forum. The speakers at the seminar event explored recent changes in the mining industry and subsequent impacts on the community, families and FIFO workers. There were presentations by:
– Leading academics sharing world class FIFO worker research results from universities including the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University and Laurentian University in Canada
– Industry and community members

Speakers included:

Prof Paul Flatau – Director of the Centre for Social Impact opened the event
Zoe Tierney – FACE co-convenor
Prof Michel Larivière – Laurentian University, Canada (via video)
Caroline Dignard – Laurentian University, Canada (via video)
Godfrey Baronie – CEO of Mates in Construction
Michael Tierney – FIFO worker for over 25 years
Dr Graeme Ditchburn – Researcher at Murdoch, conducting and supervising multiple FIFO research projects
Leanne Hartill – City of Melville, Manager Neighbourhood Development
Sue Crock – This Working/FIFO Life and contracts with the WA Mental Health Commission
Dr Dawson Cooke – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Curtin University, The Fathering Project
Adam Gale – Ex-FIFO worker and WHS and Mental Health professional
Maryse Jensen – Ex-FIFO worker and innovator of the free work life calendar to assist FIFO workers share rosters and maintain connections



FACE contributed to the WA Legislative Assembly Health & Education Standing Committee 18.6.2015 report: ‘The Impact of FIFO Work Practice on Mental Health’. The report is available on the parliament website  The impact of FIFO work practices on mental health final report. Please click to enlarge the word clouds for excerpts attributed to FACE.

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Mental Health and Community Impacts of FIFO Work: 5th of June 2015
This grass roots public health network co-hosted a unique public forum Mental Health and Community Impacts of FIFO Work in conjunction with UWA School of Business, Centre for Social Impact and School of Population Health. The forum was facilitated by Mrs Lorili Jacobs, PhD candidate at the School of Population Health who is exploring pregnancy in the context of Fly-In Fly-Out work and lifestyle. Speakers were: Michelle Andrews, Deputy Director Dept Mines and Petroleum; Judy Esmond, UWA Associate Professor, active with children and families affected by working away parents; Adam Gale, ex FIFO worker;  Dr Graham Jacobs, MLA, chair of WA FIFO Inquiry; Tim Marney, WA Mental Health Commissioner; Philippa Vojnovic, ECU health researcher and PhD candidate.
Flyer: FACE + CSI event June 2015
Event summary: FACE + CSI event summary

FIFO Australian Community of Excellence Official Launch
After achieving several milestones in 2014 and early 2015, FACE Network was pleased to officially launch. This event was held:
Thursday, 28 May 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM (AWST)
Riverside Café
Barrack Street
Eastern Pavilion, Barrack Square
Perth, WA 6000

FIFO Forum
The first FACE inaugural forum was held at the Curtin Graduate School of Business on 19 March.

FACE FIFO Forum – 19th March 2015

FACE forum 1 FACE forum 2b

Inaugural Annual General Meeting

This event was held at the Centre for Innovative Practice at Edith Cowan University on November 21, 2014.