Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Research Focus on FIFO Families; New CQU Study Looks at Impacts on Spouses

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Research Focus on FIFO Families; New CQU Study Looks at Impacts 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.

Ms Lousich (pictured) 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," she said.

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

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