Our People

Our People and Our Promise

Our Team

Experienced and Qualified Professionals

FIFO Focus programs are designed by registered psychologists with significant experience in organisational and psychological health. In addition, our team has direct, hands-on experience with FIFO and remote location workplaces.

We understand the issues facing employers and their people associated with working in remote locations. Our goal is to improve the mental resilience of individual FIFO workers and build the capacity of employers to leverage their people by designing healthier workplaces.

Our People and Our Promise

The FIFO Focus team promise our clients a service that is always:

  • Professional
  • Collaborative
  • Committed
  • Expert
  • Transparent
  • Results Oriented
  • Empowering

Our people are skilled professionals with specific organisational health experience you can rely upon. We aim to be a trusted partner working to improve mental wellbeing and resilience in FIFO workers and organisations across Australia.



Sandra Lam

SandraLamSandra Lam is the principal and founder of FIFO Focus. A registered psychologist and organisational development professional, she has over two decades of industry experience in the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.

Throughout her career, Sandra has developed expertise in improving organisational performance, born from a desire to make workplaces safer, more welcoming and more enjoyable. She has worked in remote locations including East Timor, Cambodia and the Pacific Islands.

Sandra’s qualifications include a Masters in Organisational Psychology (Curtin University) and an MBA (Edith Cowan University).  She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Australian Psychological Society and College of Organisational Psychologists.

Sandra’s goal in establishing FIFO Focus was to empower individuals to become mentally resilient and support employers to manage the complexities of psychological health among remote workers.

Connect with Sandra on LinkedIn

Email sandra.lam@fifofocus.com.au

Clinical Director

Dr John Forbes

John 1 Picture B and WJohn is FIFO Focus’ Clinical Director. As a Clinical Psychologist, he works with FIFO workers at both
an individual level and with their families. He provides e-therapy, allowing FIFO workers to receive support while they work away.

John’s organisational health experience has been gained as the Assistant Director of the WA Police Health and Welfare Branch and the Mental Health and Chronic Disease Program Manager at the Osborne General Practice Network.

Email john.forbes@fifofocus.com.au

Senior Consultant

Sharon Rudderham

Sharon RudderhamSharon is FIFO Focus’ Senior Consultant. With a Masters of Psychology (Organisational) and as a results oriented, organisational change and development professional, Sharon is committed to working collaboratively with our clients to create diverse, sustainable and safe workplaces.  

Sharon’s passion is engaging employees, aligning leaders and building capability by promoting shared behaviours, effective communication and collaboration. With over 20 years’ experience in the resources sector, she has personally lived the FIFO life.

Email sharon.rudderham@fifofocus.com.au

Senior Consulting Psychologist

Melanie Freeman

MelMelanie Freeman is a Registered Psychologist currently completing her Doctor of Psychology. Melanie specialises in workplace safety, health and wellbeing training.  Her focus is in the areas of FIFO adjustment for workers and their families, fatigue management, sleep, safety systems and culture, stress and mental health.

Melanie has over twenty years consulting experience and her career has seen her work across a range of industries including oil and gas, mining, IT, finance, government, defence, utilities and not‐for‐profit.

Email melanie.freeman@fifofocus.com.au

Financial Planning Partner

Matt Hern

Matt HernMatt is FIFO Focus’ Financial Planning Partner and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®. He has over 12 years’ experience of educating and advising clients on how to manage their money simply and easily, so they can focus on enjoying life. As a former Petroleum Engineer, Matt has an affinity with people in the resources sector.

Matt’s area of expertise is guiding professionals with young families on how to have enough money for what matters most in their life. He is renowned for his ability to make money easy to understand, relevant and engaging.

Email matt.hern@ipacwa.com.au

Discover Our Programs

FIFO Focus offers a range of programs tailored to both FIFO employers and their people.

Learn More