Fishing industry health survey shows confronting results

A NATIONWIDE Deakin University survey of health and wellbeing in Australia’s fishing industry has found fishers are enduring levels of psychological distress almost double that of the general population.

Lead researcher and anthropologist Dr Tanya King said the results of the study were confronting.

“The results show levels of ‘high’ and ‘very high’ psychological distress among fishers – the levels are almost double those reported by the general public,” Dr King said.

Close to 1000 registered commercial fishers from around the country responded to the 13-page survey, demonstrating a 19 percent rate of depression among industry workers compared to the estimated national diagnosis

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