Mental health distress more prevalent among FIFO workers than general community

Mental health distress more prevalent among FIFO workers than general community

Posted May 14, 2018 18:47:04 Psychological distress is significantly more prevalent in the remote mining and construction workforce than in the general community, new research has found. Key points: Over 20pc rated their mental health as poor, in comparison to 15pc in the general population 30pc were suffering high or …

Gestational diabetes app helps healthcare workers keep a close eye on pregnant women

Gestational diabetes app helps healthcare workers keep a close eye on pregnant women

Posted May 10, 2018 05:11:32 Photo: If left untreated, the disease can be deadly and has the potential to cause premature birth, overweight babies and pre-eclampsia. (Unsplash.com: Janko Ferlic, CC-0) A smartphone app, developed by Australian scientists and health workers, is helping Queensland mothers-to-be protect themselves and their babies from …

Melbourne burger bar company, owner fined more than $300k for underpaying workers

Melbourne burger bar company, owner fined more than $300k for underpaying workers

Posted May 09, 2018 15:12:09 Photo: Ms Gordon was desperate for a job but was never paid for the 25 hours she worked. (ABC News: Matilda Marozzi) Related Story: ‘You will be sued’: Melbourne cafe owner warns staff who claimed underpayment A Melbourne company which underpaid young and overseas workers …

Trial aborted four years after market garden raids led to allegations of illegal foreign workers

Trial aborted four years after market garden raids led to allegations of illegal foreign workers

Updated May 07, 2018 14:21:48 Photo: Brothers Minh Canh and Michael Le and denied the charges against them. (ABC News: Jon Smball) A trial in WA’s District Court has been aborted in extraordinary circumstances, with a jury that was sworn in for a 10-week trial being discharged after the case …

Unemployed, underemployed or underpaid: The reality for young workers

Unemployed, underemployed or underpaid: The reality for young workers

Posted May 02, 2018 17:54:48 Photo: Many young workers are struggling to find regular, well-paid work. (ABC News: Sam Ikin) Google the term “millennials are…” and one of the first suggested searches is “millennials are lazy”. But the latest employment data suggests the opposite may actually be the case, with …

Adelaide’s homeless: Calls for greater compassion from city residents and workers

Adelaide’s homeless: Calls for greater compassion from city residents and workers

Posted April 28, 2018 12:24:42 Photo: Cafe operator Alex Harris hands over a box of leftover food to the Salvos to help feed the homeless in Adelaide. (ABC News: Simon Royal) Across Australia’s inner cities tonight, a clash of cultures may be played out between residents — those who have …

Launceston child protection workers stop taking cases

Launceston child protection workers stop taking cases

Posted April 28, 2018 08:19:16 Child protection workers in Tasmania’s north will limit the number of cases they manage to draw attention to what they say is under resourcing in the sector. The Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) said the Department of Human Services this month told child safety …

Australian clothing brands won’t commit to garment workers’ safety | Fashion

A group of well-known Australian clothing brands has failed to sign a crucial accord protecting garment workers in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster, according to Oxfam. Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster. The building housed five garment factories supplying global …

‘Upcycling’ push from Hobart tip shop workers leading the charge against landfill

‘Upcycling’ push from Hobart tip shop workers leading the charge against landfill

By Georgie Burgess Updated April 21, 2018 10:45:36 Photo: Tip shop worker Jason Richards shows off some platform shoes that were dropped off at the tip shop (ABC News: Georgie Burgess) With the future of recycling around Australia under a cloud, a team of tip shop workers in Hobart call …

NT fracking: Origin Energy says hiring local workers is a priority for Beetaloo Basin project

NT fracking: Origin Energy says hiring local workers is a priority for Beetaloo Basin project

Updated April 19, 2018 10:39:27 Photo: Origin chief geologist David Close says exploration will resume in 2019. (Supplied: Peter Eve) Origin Energy says it will focus on hiring local staff, instead of fly-in-fly-out workers, when it resumes fracking in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin. Key points: Hundreds of direct jobs …