Mental health problems in the freight transport industry
Poor mental health among truckers.
Imagine you’re driving alone from Sydney to Adelaide – a 14 hour long drive – without stopping.
72.5% of our freight in Australia is transported by long distant truck drivers, who travel alone and are often in a hurry to meet a strict deadline.
Research headed by Taryn Chalmers at the University of Technology Sydney has found these drivers are not only more at risk to physical health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, but too mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.