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

Velander, F., Schineanu, A., Liang, W. and Midford, R. (2010). Digging for gold and coming up blue: a health survey in the mining industry. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment,26(5):389-401.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 84279116xPUB197
Title Digging for gold and coming up blue: a health survey in the mining industry
Author Velander, F.
Schineanu, A.
Liang, W.
Midford, R.
Journal Name Journal of Health, Safety and Environment
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0815-6409   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 389
End Page 401
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publisher CCH Australia Ltd
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract 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 rates of 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 issues observed in this study.


 
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