The country's leading medical body has suggested that mining companies could be doing more to improve the health of the industry's fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers.
In a submission to a federal inquiry into FIFO employment, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has asked the government to address the health of the workforce.
"There was no mention of medical problems, medical issues or medical services, yet we know that fly-in-fly-out work has major effects on the health of workers themselves and also on the communities that host those workers," West Australian president of the AMA, Dr David Mountain told ABC Radio (January 4).
"There are major issues related to their mental health and wellbeing, it's quite a stressful way of working and it's quite disruptive socially, and hard for them to stay in touch with wife, family and friends."
Dr Mountain believes mining companies should do more to accept the responsibility of their workers, ensuring the health of employees is improved.
A popular choice for many employers is to provide a corporate health insurance policy for their workers, highlighting the importance of a happy and healthy workforce.
Healthier employees can often be more productive – and less stressed – in the work environment.