Seminar looks at how to have a happy FIFO family

IT CAN WORK: Alexandria King-Von Kirschner from Relationships Australia in Gladstone will present a tailored guide for families living the Fly-In, Fly-Out lifestyle.
IT CAN WORK: Alexandria King-Von Kirschner from Relationships Australia in Gladstone will present a tailored guide for families living the Fly-In, Fly-Out lifestyle. Mike Richards

INVOLVED in a FIFO relationship herself, Alexandria King-Von Kirschner from Relationships Australia not only sees the strains of non-standard working arrangements, she feels them too.

In an effort to support families experiencing the stress of a half-absent, half-present partner, she has formulated a seminar dubbed "How to Have a Happy FIFO Family".

"I am hoping to make those families aware of the cycle of emotional responses present in a FIFO relationship," she said.

"If they are aware of the specific times during a roster that they are more likely to have arguments, the likelihood of them occurring decreases."

Ms King-Von Kirschner said that half of the clients seeking counselling at the Tank St office were involved in FIFO, DIDO or shiftwork.

The most isolated of these are the men who live and work onsite, afraid to reach out and ask for help.

"It is the hardest culture to break," she said.

"They find it hard to ask for help from their employers because if they aren't seen to be fit, they think they won't make it through the next redundancy cuts."

It's a destructive cycle that Ms King-Von Kirschner witnesses several times a week.

But she also believes that her workshop offers the solutions.

All individuals involved in FIFO arrangements to attend the two-hour seminar on November 26.

The evening will start at 6.30pm at 10 Tank St, Gladstone.

Topics:  families, fifo, gladstone, relationships, relationships australia

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