Rotation work in the resources sector: a systematic review of the impact on workers’ families

Bernard Yeboah-Asiamah Asare* (Corresponding Author), Daniel Powell, Suzanne Robinson, Dominika Kwasnickac

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Objective: Rotation work involves travelling to work in remote areas for a block of time and alternate with spending another block of time at home; such work arrangements have become common in the resources sector. The intermittent absence of workers from the home may adversely affect the health of the workers families. This study synthesises research on mental and physical health outcomes in partners and children of the resources sector rotation workers.
Design: A systematic review was conducted. Studies were retrieved from PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Scopus. Nineteen studies were included and findings were summarised narratively.
Results: The impact of rotation work on the mental health and well-being of partners and children of rotation workers remains unclear. However, on days where spouses are away, partners may experience greater loneliness and poorer sleep quality.
Conclusion: Partners may benefit from support, particularly when they have younger children and/or their spouses first begin rotation work. Research is limited, particularly regarding the impact on health-related behaviours and physical health outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalPsychology & Health
Early online date20 Mar 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Open Access through the T&F Agreement
We express our sincere gratitude to Ms Diana Blackwood and Ms Vanessa Varis, Librarians for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University for their professional assistance in developing the review search strategy.
The study was supported by the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Research Stipend Scholarship awarded to Bernard Yeboah Asiamah Asare (Curtin ID: 17619778; Aberdeen ID: 51987326)

Data Availability Statement

Data availability statement
All data are included in the article or uploaded as supplementary information.


  • rotation work
  • FIFO
  • long distance commute
  • families
  • Systematic Review


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