Queensland’s resources sector continues to demonstrate its commitment to not just the local economies of the regions in which it operates but the health and well-being of the communities within those regions said the Queensland Resources Council.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed a $500,000 investment from resource company Mitsubishi Development to secure vital mental health services in the Bowen Basin.
“Mitsubishi Development has partnered with the Wesley Medical Research’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Centre to deliver this pilot program to help communities through the hardships caused by COVID-19,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“During the COVID-19 outbreak our sector not only adhered to the advice of the State’s Chief Health Officer but implemented more safety measures to protect the men and women working in the resources sector, their colleagues, their families and their communities.
“What we are seeing now is a willingness from our sector to continue this work as we recover from COVID-19 with a pioneering program aimed at preventing mental health issues.”
Mitsubishi Development said a model of care would be designed to support individuals that complements existing services with a pilot conducted as early as August to trial its effectiveness in mitigating mental health impacts. Mitsubishi Development has been operating in the Bowen Basin for more than 50 years.
The Wesley Medical Research’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Centre was launched in Brisbane last night by His Excellency, Governor Paul de Jersey AC.