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An industry first for mental health

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An industry first for mental health

Gold Road Resources have had a long-term focus on ensuring their workforce has the skills and confidence to recognise and assist those experiencing mental illness.

Today, almost all employees are now trained in Mental Health First Aid, marking them as the first organisation in the mining industry to be gold accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

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Emergency Response teams go for gold

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Emergency Response teams go for gold

Hundreds descended on Langley Park in Perth over the weekend as AngloGold Ashanti, Newmont Australia and Northern Star Resources’ emergency response teams battled it out with 15 other teams to win the 8th annual Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC).

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LIVIN goes large

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LIVIN goes large

To coincide with Mental Health Week, our community partner LIVIN were proud to design, implement and unveil the first of their billboards in an awareness campaign across Central and Northern Queensland.

Released across several locations, the first eight billboards are part of LIVIN’s commitment to spread mental health awareness throughout areas which don’t necessarily have the same access to resources that are available in capital cities.

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Kirkland scoops mine rescue win

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Kirkland scoops mine rescue win

Maintaining their stellar year of award wins, the Kirkland Lake Gold Fosterville team took home four awards at this year’s Victorian Mines Rescue Competition (VMRC) including the overall win.

Held over 12 – 14 October and hosted by Kirkland Lake Gold at their Fosterville Gold Mine 20km outside of Bendigo, the 26th VMRC saw nine mines rescue and emergency response teams (ERT) compete.

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Macmahon names "The Hulk" as mental health ambassador

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Macmahon names "The Hulk" as mental health ambassador

Mining contractor Macmahon Holdings engages retired mixed martial artist, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei as an ambassador for its Strong Minds, Strong Mines mental health program.

The program was launched in March 2018 with toolbox talks delivered to around 800 workers across Macmahon’s Western Australian operations.  It has since been extended to reach more than 1500 workers Australia wide.

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Gold Fields ER team perform golden role

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Gold Fields ER team perform golden role

Go behind the scenes with Gold Fields’ Emergency Response team and watch a live training drill at stop 6 on the Kalgoorlie #heartofgold Discovery Trail.

Find the Saint Barbara statue to uncover the critical role that all emergency response teams play in modern mining operations and their local communities.

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KCGM donates award bonus to Kalgoorlie Men's Shed

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KCGM donates award bonus to Kalgoorlie Men's Shed

Two winning Safety Innovation Award recipients have chosen to donate $12,000 to the C.Y. O'Connor Men's Shed in Kalgoorlie. The KCGM quarterly Safety Innovation Awards are designed to improve safety culture by recognising and rewarding individuals or teams that have implemented safety innovation ideas that eliminate or minimise risks on site.

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Gold Fields employees LIVINWell

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Gold Fields employees LIVINWell

Earlier this month, mental health not-for-profit charity LIVIN delivered their LIVINWell program to employees and contractors at Gold Fields Granny Smith mine.

Based in Laverton, the workers of this remote mine site would be forgiven for thinking that they’re located too far from mental health assistance – but nothing could be further from the truth.

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Dolphins making a big splash in Perth for youngsters’ mental health

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Dolphins making a big splash in Perth for youngsters’ mental health

The Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation launched a mass public art exhibition in January as part of its major campaign to raise awareness of children’s mental health, which has seen a huge pod of wildly colourful dolphin sculptures painted by local artists ‘swim’ into Perth’s streets, parks and public spaces.

Gold Industry Group Director Sharon Warburton is also a Non-Executive of the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and a driving force behind the Big Splash WA initiative, which aims to address the drastic increase in young people presenting to medical professionals with mental health issues. 

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LIVIN youth film launches in Goldfields

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LIVIN youth film launches in Goldfields

In June 2017, the Gold Industry Group took the founders of mental health not-for-profit LIVIN to Kalgoorlie to share their story and send a message of strength to young people in the Goldfields. 

In collaboration with City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, LIVIN founders Sam Webb and Casey Lyons were interviewed by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council.

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LIVIN workshops educate on mental health

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LIVIN workshops educate on mental health

Last week the Gold Industry Group held workshops in Perth and Kalgoorlie with new community partner LIVIN, to demystify the stigma attached to mental illness and provide the basic tools to help yourself and others.

LIVIN founders Sam Webb and Casey Lyons delivered six educational workshops with members and a community event.

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Ramelius supports disadvantaged youth through race day

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Ramelius supports disadvantaged youth through race day

The 2017 Ramelius Resources Passages Race Day raised more than $87 000 for the Passages Resource Centres, which help young people to get off the streets and adopt safer, healthier lifestyles.

Ramelius Resources were proud to be the major sponsor of the event for the third year, to support marginalised or homeless youth.

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GIG to spread mental health message in partnership with LIVIN 

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GIG to spread mental health message in partnership with LIVIN 

The Gold Industry Group (GIG) is pleased to announce a new community partnership with mental health charity LIVIN, aimed at raising awareness of mental health and changing the way the mining industry and society understands, perceives and interprets mental illness.

We are coordinating a GIG LIVIN Tour with members and the Goldfields community next month, from 12-19 June.

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Norton emergency response skills put to the test

Norton emergency response skills put to the test

Norton Gold Fields' Paddington Operations recently won second Best Team Overall in the 2016 Underground Mine Emergency Response Competition held at Northern Star Resources’ Kanowna Belle Gold Mine, Kalgoorlie.

It was an outstanding achievement for the Norton team who takes a company-wide approach to training employees and contractors in emergency response (ER).

Norton provides major boost for Goldfields community support services

Norton provides major boost for Goldfields community support services

Member Norton Gold Fields has made its single biggest donation of $50 000 this year to fund the Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association's Saturday morning program.

The Norton Saturday Morning Club will provide respite for carers of children with various disabilities with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of sporting and recreational activities. 

Doray brings "The Hulk" to Meekatharra to engage community on mental health

Doray brings "The Hulk" to Meekatharra to engage community on mental health

Soa (The Hulk) Palelei gave two motivational speeches to children and adults at the Meekatharra Youth Expo thanks to the support of Doray Minerals Ltd, Mission Australia, the Department of Premier & Cabinet and the Meekatharra Shire.

In its inaugural year, and organised by the Meekatharra Shire, the communities of Wiluna, Meekatharra, Yulga Jinna, Mt Magnet, Cue and Newman were invited to participate in the Youth Expo which informed people of the wide range of within school and post-school options and networking opportunities. 

Gold Fields provides $50k to launch regional Indigenous health program

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Gold Fields provides $50k to launch regional Indigenous health program

Gold Fields Australia’s dedicated Foundation has today provided $50,000 to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation to fund the first stage of building a facial analysis database of Indigenous children’s faces from the Goldfields region.

Chairman of the Gold Fields Australia Foundation Alex Munt explained the importance of this program which will enable a significant number of medical conditions and diseases to be diagnosed through facial analysis.

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