Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Study Looks at FIFO Impact on Spouses

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Study Looks at FIFO Impact on Spouses

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Byline: Trinette Stevens trinette.stevens@capnews.com.au

WITH a husband on a fly-in fly-out roster, Yeppoon's Bonita Lousich wanted to know how much a commuting roster affected families.

And she wants you to tell her about your experience.

Ms Lousich, studying her Honours in psychology at CQUniversity, is conducting a thesis on how workers on FIFO and DIDO (drive-in drive-out) rosters affect the spouses they leave at home.

The move follows research results on FIFO from Edith Cowan University that found workers were suffering from depression at more than twice the rate of the Australian population.

She said commuting had a big impact on regional communities in Queensland, but most research had only been conducted on the wellbeing of workers themselves.

"I was just interested in the effects it has on spouses, with partners being away for such a long time," Ms Lousich (pictured) said.

"It has its ups and downs, like all lifestyles. …

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