Making it work

Joe Ranford, Alicia’s husband, shares some hard earned advice online at Mining Family Matters.
Joe Ranford, Alicia’s husband, shares some hard earned advice online at Mining Family Matters.

AUSTRALIA'S growing army of workers on the move are being offered intimate relationship advice to ease the pressures of working away from their loved ones.

Working Away: A Survival Guide for Families, is a 32-page, A5 booklet featuring professional advice from a registered psychologist, and practical tips for keeping relationships healthy and families happy.

The guide is an initiative of Mining Family Matters, Australia's first online community for families in mining and resources. Chapters include what to expect in the first few months, helping kids to cope with fly in, fly out rosters, sharing time and avoiding conflict, are you making excuses about sex, and identifying stress and depression.

The booklet is the second in a series of survival guides published by Mining Family Matters, with more than 25,000 copies of the initial Survival Guide for Mining Families sold since its launch in March.

"With more Australians working away, we've been receiving an increasing number of requests from companies and individuals outside mining and resources," Mining Family Matters creator Alicia Ranford said.

The guide contains information most commonly requested on the Mining Family Matters website

Mrs Ranford is one of an increasing number of Australian parents raising young children while their dad flies interstate for work.

"Working away offers financial rewards and allows families to spend extended blocks of time together, but it can also cause challenges in terms of communication, intimacy and ensuring children cope with changing routines," she said.

"This guide offers professional, practical ideas to help relieve those pressures.

"In Australia's increasingly tight labour market, we believe this new guide will be a valuable tool for any company aiming to retain happy, productive employees."

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