Finalist in the 2012, 2013 Australian Mining Prospect Awards in 3 categories;
'Excellence in OHS'
'Mine Manager of the Year'
'Anthony Ward was nominated 'Mine Manager of the Year' for his Relief Mine Camp Manager & Counselling work on remote mine sites in WA.'
FIFO Counselling was founded in Baldivis WA in 2010 by Principal Counsellor, Anthony Ward.
Formally based at the Settlers Hills Community Centre, Anthony Ward also worked on remote mine sites in roles as a Relief Camp Manager, Assistant Village Manager and Camp Manager. In these management roles, Anthony initially volunteered his counselling skills to help staff and camp/village residents cope with personal issues whilst on site working FIFO. He would sacrifice his free time to talk with needy staff.
Anthony Ward, originally known as a Christian Counsellor and a qualified Minister, offered Pastoral care to FIFO workers voluntarily and in his private practice,Award Counselling.
Anthony then started FIFO Counselling while managing Mine Camps, though a struggle, identified a need first hand, specifically for FIFO workers and FIFO families, to make face-to-face counselling appointments for when they are on R&R AND on-site for HSE related incidents, especially for D&A abuse, self harm and work fatalities.
Later, on-site EAP Telephone counselling, Email counselling, Skype counselling & Face Time Counselling services were offered to FIFO workers by FIFO Counselling, for continuity of counselling care between face to face appointments on R&R.
As FIFO Counselling's client base grew in Perth, focus shifted from dual role of Camp Manager & Counsellor (including ATSI mentoring) on remote sites, to primarily being a Perth based Counselling service. FIFO Counselling still offers mining company's, contractors and ATSI employers and FIFO employees, a confidential counselling service, both on-site and off-site.
In 2008, Anthony completed the Red Dust Healing (Indigenous Mat Counselling) facilitator course in Brisbane, QLD. The principal of counselling or healing through personal stories (yarning) and use of a mat to show feelings, the direction to hope and healing, especially for kinesthetic learners, has proved vital in counselling indigenous FIFO workers.
In 2014, Anthony Ward completed a Cert IV in TAE ATSI with a view of training new FIFO workers with, 'Preparing & Coping with FIFO', workshops, starting October 29th, 2014 @ AWDC in Perth city. Later in 2014, Anthony will graduate with a Cert III in Mentoring (ATSI), to be used on-site or in local communities as a follow-up to counselling to help ATSI workers who need a hands-on soft landing to site, e.g., to adjust to the regimented FIFO work, camp / village life schedule, connecting to camp social groups, sporting activities, maintaining family and community relations.
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