The Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH) is working in collaboration with the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), the University of Newcastle, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and other industry partners to progress work in the mining and mental health space. The organisations meet regularly to plan strategic approaches to research, industry partnerships and to develop and implement a program to improve the mental health of employees in the Australian mining sector.
Following a report commissioned in 2012, the NSW Minerals Council, in conjunction with the NIER, UON and HIMH, hosted a workshop for senior mine safety representatives, health professionals and researchers to develop a mental health strategic action plan for the mining sector.
Informed by discussions at the workshop, HIMH, in partnership with UON and the NSW Minerals Council, have worked collaboratively to develop a Blueprint for Mental Health and Wellbeing [pdf] in the mining industry.
UON, NIER are currently working with HIMH and key stakeholders in the industry on a project funded by the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), which will focus on innovation and excellence through partnership with the minerals industry and communities.
The project aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of both the mining communities and any associated communities, to build the capacity of the minerals industry to promote mental health and wellbeing and respond positively to mental illness, and to develop innovative research and industry partnerships to create new knowledge in mental health.
The research will be undertaken across eight coal mine sites in NSW and Queensland.