Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) Program in the mining industry
The Landmark Study
About this research
The Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) Program is a WA Government initiative that aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of workers and others in the mining industry. The Landmark Study is one of the many initiatives under the MARS Program.
The Landmark Study was commissioned by the Western Australian Government to design and implement a research and evaluation project focused on the mining industry, regarding three focus areas:
Creating mentally healthy workplaces
By managing psychosocial hazards and promoting positive practices at work that support mental health and wellbeing
Building a culture of safety and respect
With healthy, safe, gender-equitable, respectful and inclusive workplaces
Preparing workplace safety in the future mine
Addressing emerging risks and fostering innovation in safety by design, automation and artificial intelligence
The Landmark Study will be completed over a four year period, including:
A mapping and scoping exercise of initiatives currently undertaken by the Australian mining industry, and initiatives that are applicable to the mining industry
A literature review to summarise the existing research
A workplace policy and practices survey to understand the initiatives related to mental health, respect, and safety that WA mining companies currently undertake
One-on-one, confidential listening sessions with workers and contractors
An employee survey of workers and contractors to better understand perceptions of mental health, respect and safety
To get involved in the Landmark Study
Our advisory groups
Industry Expert Panel
We have invited representatives from peak bodies, unions, government and public health to join the MARS Industry Expert Panel. The Industry Expert Panel includes representatives from organisations, associations and bodies who are committed to contributing to meaningful change in the mining industry.
A key aim of the Industry Expert Panel is to maximise the impact of the MARS Landmark Study by ensuring that the research is guided not only by scientific evidence, but also that findings and recommendations are contextualised for the current Australian mining context and resonates with practices in the mental health sector.
The industry expert members of this panel will advise the project team on the unique challenges and issues of the mining industry, to provide feedback at each stage of the project, to connect the project team to organisations in the mining industry, to contextualise findings, and assist with disseminating findings and recommendations.
We have a team of senior academics who are subject matter experts who are established and well-respected in their fields.
Members of this panel include senior academics from Curtin University (School of Population Health), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and the University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science).
The academic members of this panel will provide technical oversight of the methodology, contribute to selection of reliable and valid survey measures and provide advise on data analysis approaches, and review key reports.