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Lifeline is launching new research into the mental health of fly-in, fly-out workers and their families which it hopes will be used to develop new occupational health and safety programs.

Its independent research arm Lifeline Foundation has teamed up with specialist vehicle hire company McLaren's Raw Hire to carry out the study on mining and construction workers.

Lifeline WA chief executive Fiona Kalaf said the project was expected to fill a gap in research around the emotional and mental wellbeing of FIFO workers.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released today, World Mental Health Day, shows $287 per Australian was spent on mental health services in 2009-10.