About Us

Mining Family Matters was launched in February 2010 to provide free professional support and practical advice to Australian families who are often separated for work. It’s the brainchild of mining mum Alicia Ranford, who came up with the idea of a support website after her own young children struggled to cope with their dad’s FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) roster. She teamed up with friend and journalist Lainie Anderson, and Mining Family Matters was born. 

Alicia Ranford is a registered nurse, mother of two and mining wife. Alicia and her mining engineer husband Joe moved six times in a decade, so she’s an expert at relocating a young family, coping with life in isolated mining towns and staying happily married despite the challenges of FIFO. She’s currently studying a Masters in Public Health.

Lainie Anderson is a columnist with Adelaide’s Sunday Mail and has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, public relations and website editing. In 2017 she won a Churchill Fellowship to study the 1919 Air Race from England to Australia, and has since written a novel Long Flight Home and co-produced a documentary on the topic. www.lainieanderson.com.au

Angie Willcocks is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Adelaide. She’s an expert in tackling issues such as depression, anxiety, postnatal depression, child sleep routines and relationship difficulties. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling Psychology. She is the co-author of The Sensible Sleep Solution: a guide to sleep in your baby’s first year, available on her website www.angiewillcocks.com.

Jane Dodding completed her psychology degree in 1991. She has a particular interest in preventative care and has co-authored Be Happy Cards – a resource to help enhance the happiness and emotional resilience of children. She also has a passion for supporting rural communities and is the director of MindsPlus which provides psychology services in rural Australia.

Therese Lardner is the founder of Mindset Coaching and Consulting. She’s a registered psychologist with extensive experience in all areas of the employment cycle from recruitment and selection to development, employee engagement and career transition. Therese gained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology and also has a Masters of Organisational Psychology from the Uni of Qld.

Virginia Heffernan is a former exploration geologist based in Toronto, Canada. She mostly stays put these days, studying and working as  a freelance writer. She’s a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, and you can check out her fantastic and wide-ranging work at www.geopen.com.

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