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Rio Tinto has taken a four-step approach to addressing mental health in its remotely
based mining camps. The approach is proving to be good for the business as well as its
During his 20 year tenure in the mining industry, Rio Tinto Dampier Salt manager, sustainable health and safety Tony Baker said mental health issues had been the “big unknown” in the industry.
As a health and safety practitioner, he has been involved with the intervention side, but little has been done with the prevention, promotion and protection aspects of mental health for mining workers.
Flood Recovery "Road-Map" Must Address Mental Health Too
Even though the catastrophic floods across Queensland have yet to subside, now is the time to ensure that the recovery road-map addresses mental health resilience and recovery as well as the rebuilding and restoration of physical infrastructure, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (ACRRMH), Dr Jennifer Bowers.
"These floods in rural and remote Queensland are nothing short of catastrophic, more-so because many of the individuals and communities affected have been at the sharp end of the decade-long drought," said Dr Bowers.