Mount isa mines employees flex for fitness

During November and December, Mount Isa Mines welcomed James Cook University (JCU) Exercise Physiology students, Samantha Beringen and Renee Briggs, to site to complete the clinical placement requirement of their third year studies.

Mount Isa Mines was approached by JCU to provide placement opportunities for university students following the shortfall of placement options in businesses across North Queensland. And we were more than happy to assist!

Lorran Collin, Health Advisor, Health, Safety, Environment and Community was instrumental in coordinating this initiative as well as overseeing the students throughout the placement term.

The clinic allowed Samantha and Renee to put their knowledge into practice under the watchful eye of Lorran who is a qualified Exercise Physiologist.

Lorran said both the Copper and Zinc operational streams were really supportive when it came to participating in the JCU Student led Healthy Population Clinics held across Mount Isa Mines.

"The clinics provide on-the-job practical experience for the students and allow our workforce to gain important information relating to their physical fitness and well-being," says Lorran.

"The first clinic was positively received by the business with group sessions held across various areas of the mine site. Further clinics will be held in early 2020 and I encourage employees to take advantage of the free sessions and one-on-one consultations with the students."

Under the students' instruction, employees across site volunteered to participate in group sessions that included gentle stretching and yoga movements, while some sessions were more playful with burly miners limbering up to perform the popular Spanish inspired Macarena.

Confidential one-on-one sessions were conducted for those employees who opted to have personal exercise programs developed, focusing on injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and performance.

Samantha Beringen said her placement at Mount Isa Mines offered a unique opportunity to engage with a vast workforce of healthy males and females.

"Working one-on-one with clients and instructing and correcting the form of large groups of individuals has been an extremely valuable learning experience which has helped grow my confidence."

"I thoroughly enjoyed working and interacting with real clients using practical, hands-on skills."

"Clients were excited and enthusiastic to make positive changes through exercise and were extremely receptive to our exercise programs," Samantha says.

The next clinic will commence on 20 January through to 20 February 2020 where a range of sessions will be available, including group exercise, group stretching, chair based exercises, floor-based exercises, education, deployment and observation sessions, process change advice and personalised program development consultations.

To get involved in this great program or for further information, please contact Lorran Collin at