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This symposium aims to discuss the issues miners’ face, particularly in relation to their mental health, what services are available when they require assistance, what can be done to better these services and in general, what they require as a community. This symposium aims to further discuss these issues and others, all surrounding Mental Health in the Mining Industry. We will be discussing what services are available for those who are working on the mines, as well as what can be done to better these services and how Mental Health Issues can be minimised in this industry in the future.






Hon Bill Johnston MP     Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services, Member for Cannington


The Hon. Bill Johnston is Western Australia's Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Corrective Services.

He has been a Minister for the McGowan Labor Government since March 2017, and has previously been Minister for Commerce, Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement.

So far, his achievements include cutting red-tape for the mining industry, introducing the Work Health and Safety Bill (industrial manslaughter provisions) and assisting in revolutionising Western Australia’s energy system. In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013. He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011. Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.



Lachie Samuels      General Manager – FIFO Happiness

Lachie is a former FIFO worker, who after losing friends to suicide and being evacuated for suicidality himself, has since become the leading fifo mental health ambassador.

Lachie has seen his mental health podcast 'open up' go top10 in Australia and NZ and has also co-founded the FIFO Mental Health Summit, FIFO Happiness, a FIFO only EAP service and the Association for Mental Health in Mining Australia.

Lachie, through FIFO Happiness, uses a blend of lived experience speaking, mental and emotional health education, to aid in creating trust, breeding vulnerability and imparting actionable tools for personal and organisational change.




Dr. Laura Fruhen   Lecturer of Applied Psychology – UWA

Dr Laura Fruhen is a Lecturer of Applied Psychology at the University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Sciences. She received her PhD from the University of Aberdeen in the UK in 2012. Laura researches leadership, team dynamics, work design, culture, and attitudes at work. She links these concepts with workplace safety, mental health and wellbeing and behaviour.

Laura was one of the leading authors of the 2018 WA government released report into FIFO worker mental health and wellbeing.





Dale Henderson    COO, Pilbara Minerals

Mr Henderson is an engineer with experience in both mine operations and development in the resources sector. This experience has included brown-fields and green-fields environments across a number of commodities in both metals and on-shore hydrocarbons.

He has worked for a range of major resource operators including; Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, Chevron, and Occidental Petroleum. Prior to joining Pilbara Minerals, Mr Henderson held leadership roles with Fortescue Metals Group in mine operations and project development.

Mr Henderson commenced with Pilbara Minerals in 2017 to lead the delivery of the operations and development objectives for the company.




David Bradbury    Lead chaplain, FMG

David is the Group Chaplain for Fortescue Metals group and heads up the pastoral care programme for Fortescue Metals Group & Fortescue Future Industries. He is a fitter by trade, Industrial engineer by profession, Anglican Priest/Chaplain by vocation.

Besides being given the opportunity at Fortescue to walk with people in their space and time David believes our Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual wellbeing are interrelated.

Christine and he have five Children and six Grandchildren that they both enjoy. When the weather is right he loves motor cycling with his mates.




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