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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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Men’s health in agricultural settings | National Centre for Farmer Health

Rural and remote Australians generally report higher levels of community participation, connection and volunteering than urban communities. Connecting with others, helps reduce isolation and has been shown to improve health.…

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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 your health | National Centre for Farmer Health

Stress can affect many body functions. A little stress can keep you on our toes and help you get things done, but when stress is persistent and leaves you feeling like you can’t cope, it’s probably doing you damage. Stress is also a factor in many farm accidents. 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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Scabby mouth (Orf) | National Centre for Farmer Health

Farmers and farm workers can catch scabby mouth when they have an abrasion that comes into contact with infected animals. They can also be infected accidentally when handling the Scabby mouth vaccine.  Human to human transmission is extremely rare. Read more...

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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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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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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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