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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Applied Research and Development that improves the evidence base on effective interventions that make a difference to farmers’ lives.
- 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.
- Governance with a commitment to work together with health services, universities, governments and farmers to grow the NCFH.