The Australian Medical Association has welcomed a parliamentary inquiry's report into on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work practices.
The report calls for more research into the impact of FIFO on communities.
The committee makes a number of recommendations, including providing regional towns with financial support, improving amenities and services and changes to the tax system.
The AMA's WA President Richard Choong says he hopes the report prompts the Government to take action, particularly to improve health services in FIFO communities.
"Well the report has got a long way to addressing it; but it has called for further investigation and review in these areas," he said.
"I'm certainly hoping that the Federal Government does so, and that this report does not get lost in the election campaign that is going on."
The chairman of the inquiry Tony Windsor says the high cost and low supply of housing means many workers choose to "cash in" rather than living in the communities.
He says all levels of government need to provide an opportunity for workers to live full-time in the communities where they are employed.
"There could be incentives put in place to encourage people to reside in the community rather than the current practice," he said.
"When you analyse it the incentives are not to live in the community and that's a shocking indictment."
The WA Premier Colin Barnett has defended fly-in, fly-out work as a personal choice that suits many families.
He says it is presumptuous to assume it does not work for everyone.
"Fly-in, fly-out will always be a part of the West Australian workforce because there will always be mines in very remote and isolated locations," he said.
"So, let's let people make their own choices and not dictate from Canberra as to how you should live your life."
Bruce Campbell-Fraser, from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy, says he has concerns over some of the report's recommendations.
"We are wary of a couple of recommendations around reviewing the fringe benefits tax and zone tax offsets," he said.
"We hope that there are no unintended consequences if the Government chose to amend these areas because the cost of doing business in Australia is a pretty big challenge for the resource sector."
Mr Campbell-Fraser says extra costs do not need to be added.
"We have got to be wary that we are not adding additional costs onto the sector," he said.
"Australia is a pretty expensive place to do business and we need to continue to be an attractive place to develop and attract investment as well."