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

Fredrik Velander, Andreia Schineanu, Liang WenBin, Midford Richard

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Abstract

A comprehensive health screening was conducted with 591 workers from a gold mine 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 for alcohol consumption using the AUDIT. 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 psychosocial 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-401
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Volume26
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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Digging for gold and coming up blue : a health survey in the mining industry. / Velander, Fredrik; Schineanu, Andreia; WenBin, Liang; Richard, Midford.

In: Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 26, No. 5, 12.2010, p. 389-401.

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