Mining Culture | Prof Sharon Parker & Dr Patricia Todd

Western Australia's mining sector is the lifeblood of the state, but it's not without scrutiny. Learn how the industry is using research to undergo a cultural revolution to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its workers. 

In this episode, David is joined by Professor Sharon Parker and Dr Patricia Todd to explore how the government-backed Landmark Study can address serious cultural and safety issues in the mining industry, including sexual harassment, discrimination, poor mental health and new tech challenges. If you work in the WA mining industry, find out how you can get involved in the study. 

  • What is the MARS [Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety] Landmark Study and why do we need it? (01:18)
  • How can the mining industry use these early findings to make changes in their workplaces? (07:41)
  • What safety challenges have emerged due to new mining technologies and automation? (14:44)
  • What's the survey about and how can mining workers get involved? (22:06)

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Centre for Transformative Work Design

Future of Work Institute

MARS Landmark Study Worker Survey

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Professor Sharon Parker  is the John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Curtin University, and Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design, which is part of the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University. Sharon is a world-leading researcher on the topic of work design, proactivity in the workplace, mental health, job performance and the impact of technology on the future of work.

Dr Patricia Todd is Chair of the Mining and Petroleum Advisory Committee (MAPAC), which advises the WA Government on matters relating to work health and safety in the mining and petroleum industries. Previously, Trish was Professor of Employment Relations and Head of the Management and Organisations Discipline Group at The University of Western Australia.

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