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National Centre for Farmer Health

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) is a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University. The Centre is based 300 kilometres west of Melbourne in the agricultural hub of Hamilton, Western Victoria.

The NCFH is committed to ‘making a difference to farmers’ lives’ by encompassing university research, service delivery and education that provides national leadership to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of farm men and women, farm workers and their families throughout Australia.

The NCFH website aims to address the health, safety and wellbeing issues associated with farming to increase knowledge transfer across the target groups of farmers and their families, rural professionals, academics and students. The NCFH focuses on prevention and early identification of risk factors associated with farming populations and works to develop timely, appropriate and effective interventions.

Service Delivery

The NCFH team is multi-disciplinary and includes professionals from the health, agricultural, social sciences and information technology disciplines who focus on five key strategies to improve health, wellbeing and safety of farm men and women, farm workers and their families.

The NCFH five key strategies:

  1. Sustainable Business Development through specific programs;
    • AgriSafe™, an occupational health and safety program specifically aimed at farming populations that includes physical health, wellbeing and farm safety aspects.
    • Sustainable Farm Families™, an award winning and evidence based program structured on knowledge and skill building to promote long term lifestyle and work safety changes in farming families.
  2. Professional Training and Education delivered to health and agricultural professionals working in farming communities. This includes the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine in partnership with Deakin University.
  3. Applied Research and Development that improves the evidence base on effective interventions that make a difference to farmers’ lives.
  4. Reputation and Reach through providing a web-based information and advisory service specific to farmer health that is recognised nationally and internationally, including an online safety shop.
  5. Governance with a commitment to work together with health services, universities, governments and farmers to grow the NCFH.

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Last reviewed: October 2019

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Bushfire smoke | National Centre for Farmer Health

Bushfire smoke contains toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and particles, all of which can be hazardous to your health. Read more...

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Stress and farming – coping tips | National Centre for Farmer Health

Living and working in rural Australia can be very rewarding. However, farming can also be stressful. There are the everyday issues of family life, balancing budgets, planning for the future and keeping up with developments in your area of farming. Read more...

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Dermatitis (eczema) | National Centre for Farmer Health

Dermatitis (also called eczema) is a skin condition which is common among farmers. This type of dermatitis can be referred to as occupational contact dermatitis due to development of rash via work. Read more...

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Scabies | National Centre for Farmer Health

Scabies is caused by small mites (Sarcoptes scabiei) that penetrate into the skin. These mites are too small to see, but cause the skin to become very itchy and irritated. The onset of itchiness is quite sudden when scabies are contracted. Read more...

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Heart Health | National Centre for Farmer Health

Australians living in rural and remote areas experience more cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, higher rates of CVD-related hospitalisation and are more likely to die of CVD than those in…

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Farmer fitness | National Centre for Farmer Health

Farming is still a physically demanding way of life, but it is not as active as it was in the past. Read more...

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Online Ag Health Assessment | National Centre for Farmer Health

Do you know what your health, wellbeing and safety risks are? If you would like to know, get involved in our Online Ag Health pilot project. This pilot project will…

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Chemicals – safe handling | National Centre for Farmer Health

Chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, veterinary chemicals and fuels are commonly handled on farms. These chemicals can be dangerous and need to be handled and stored with care. Read more...

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Shock – physical | National Centre for Farmer Health

Medical shock is caused by not having enough blood circulating around your body. Reduced blood pressure decreases the flow of oxygen to vital organs and, unless attended to, is a life-threatening medical emergency. In an emergency always dial 000. Read more...

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Water tanks and dams – safety tips | National Centre for Farmer Health

Water tanks, dams and channels on farms are an essential source of water for drinking, livestock and irrigation needs. However they can pose serious risks. Children can drown in tanks and dams, water can be contaminated and accidents can happen when tanks are being cleaned. Read more...

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