Digging for gold and coming up blue: a health survey in the mining industry

Fredrik Velander, Andreia Schineanu, W Liang, Richard Midford

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A comprehensive health screening was conducted with 591 workers from a goldmine in Western Australia to inform company health promotion programs. We investigated lifestyle and work-related health risk factors using a specifically designed survey, screened for depression, anxiety and stress using the DASS-21 questionnaire and the AUDIT for alcohol consumption. Results show that ratesof smoking, diabetes, depression and anxiety were higher than respective national rural and remote state figures. Frequent and high levels of work-related stress and personal stress were significantly associated with harmful drinking, depression, anxiety and stress, even after adjusting for a number of independent variables. The results suggest that the psycho-social working environment in the WA mining industry is challenging and may be responsible for the high rates of mental health issuesobserved in this study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health, Safety and Environment
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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