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The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Apr 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Apr 2011

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, April 23, 2011. NT NEWS. 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-AGE:403LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.au CAREERONE.COM.AU Work's a minefield for long-distance families By CARA JENKIN MINING workers are urged to be proactive to prevent the strain fly-in, fly-out rosters can put on their personal relationships and families, and to maintain their successful careers. Many mining companies use flyin, fly-out (FIFO) rosters in which workers live away from the mine and commute by air to work for days or weeks at a time - so staff can have or maintain their lifestyle away from the mine site. It allows families to keep living at home or in communities close to health, education and other services. But it means a parent and partner, often the father and husband but increasingly the mother and wife, is absent from the home for long periods. Alicia Ranford (pictured below with her family), is creator of online mining community Mining Family Matters. She says mining offers great benefits for families but also can bring much pressure on home life, putting a strain on communication and intimacy and affecting a child's happiness. She says the load of housework and disciplining of children often falls solely on the parent left at home while time apart can strain the intimacy between a couple and between a child and parent. "All relationships have their ups and downs but the stresses are heightened when one partner works away or you're a long distance from your closest family and friends,'' she says. By being on the front foot and taking steps to offset those and other common problems associated with being away from home, mining workers can combine a healthy home life with a successful career, without having to choose between them. Among them, mining families should: CREATE and agree to a list of household jobs that will be completed on days off. It prevents families nagging and arguing; SET family rules for children to apply at all times, when the FIFO parent is at home and at work; USE terms that help children feel safe and happy. For example, Dad is "going to work'' rather than "going away'' or "leaving''; SHOW enthusiasm when reunited and take time to enjoy each other while the FIFO worker is at home; and, BLAME the lifestyle, not the relationship, for problems associated with a FIFO roster. Tackle problems as a team. Mining Family Matters has released The Survival Guide for Mining Families, a 32-page booklet compiled by Adelaide psychologist Angie Willcocks, to help families adjust and cope with a parent and partner being absent for long periods of time while working away at a mine site. Ms Ranford says employers also are urged to encourage families to create a happy home life. "Research suggests it costs a company up to 1.5 times a miner's salary to replace a lost worker,'' she says. "With Australia's increasingly tight labour market, (it) is an invaluable tool for mining companies aiming to retain happy, productive employees.'' Call 08 8999 FIRE (8999 3473) or visit www.fire.nt.gov.au A career and a life with the NT Fire and Rescue Service 4 days on, 4 days o Great team Excellent working conditions Applications Close Friday 13 May 2011 Come and try the real firies fitness test with the team at PMC College on Sat 7 May 2011 from 9am to 12noon NT Fire & Rescue Service ve their ups and downs but the stresses tionships have their ups and downs but the stresses All relationships ha tened when one partner works away or you're a long are heightened when one partner works a distance from your closest family and friendsdistance from your closest f

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