FIFO workers receive reduced fee counselling

April 19, 2013

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The Murdoch Psychology Clinic is offering reduced fee counselling sessions for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers and their partners for the months of May and June.

The discounted sessions will provide an extra avenue of support for workers and their families.

Clients will have the option of receiving counselling on Skype from anywhere in the State or in person at the Murdoch University-based clinic.

Clinic Director and Senior Lecturer of Psychology John Gardiner said the low-cost sessions were being offered in response to findings of two Murdoch University FIFO studies which pointed to partner dissatisfaction, a lack of awareness among workers about resources available to them, and a sense that companies did not care about the wellbeing of their workers.

In addition to these findings, Mr Gardiner said further research was currently being carried out in an online survey.

He said the researchers were asking workers and their partners about their ways of coping, depression, anxiety and stress, and partner communication.

Mr Gardiner encouraged all FIFO workers and their partners to take advantage of the reduced fee counselling.

“Cutting the cost of counselling sessions is our way of responding to a need that has been highlighted in the community,” he said.

“Fly-in fly-out is very much a way of life for many people and it is a lifestyle that is here to stay, bringing with it a raft of complex personal, professional, relationship, family and work-life balance issues.”

Mr Gardiner said the clinic could provide assessment and treatment for anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, and relationship difficulties.

Clients are seen by psychologists registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and enrolled in postgraduate programs of either a Master of Applied Psychology or a Doctor of Psychology.

The students are supervised by experienced Clinical Psychologists.

For more information on FIFO counselling sessions call 9360 6234. To be involved in the online research, go to www.fiforesearch.com.

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