Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

FIFO-DIDO Work Life Takes Toll on Local Families

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

FIFO-DIDO Work Life Takes Toll on Local Families

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Mara Pattison-Sowden

Senior Reporter

A UNIVERSITY student was inspired to research the family impacts of fly in, fly out and drive in, drive out life, after her sisterCOs husband began working a remote job.

Fourth-year CQUniversity psychology student Abby Chapman said the study was looking at the family dynamics and relationship satisfaction levels of FIFO and DIDO employees and their partners.

She has already had more than 180 responses to the online survey, which explores how the long work hours and time spent away from home can impact on the family structure.

With her brother-in-law working a four-week on, one-week off roster in Gladstone, and her sister looking after their two children in Rockhampton, Ms Chapman said she saw the lifestyle was a struggle.

C[pounds sterling]The two girls are very young, four years old and two years old, and they get upset when dad leaves,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]It is hard on my sister but sheCOs lucky and has strong family support. …

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