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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: November 2018

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Suicide signs to look for | National Centre for Farmer Health

Suicide continues to be a major cause of avoidable death among farmers in Australia. Occupational, environmental, social and climatic conditions, poor access to health care services and stigma all contribute. Read more...

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Trauma reaction and recovery | National Centre for Farmer Health

Traumatic events can be either physical or mental, ranging from farm accidents and car accidents through to bushfires, floods, a death of someone close to you and relationship problems. Traumatic events can cause immediate, delayed and long-term reactions. Read more...

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Skin cancer risks and early signs | National Centre for Farmer Health

Farming men and women and agricultural workers spend a lot of time working outdoors. Without appropriate protection they can be increasing their risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer can be a life-threatening condition and protecting skin from Ultraviolet (UV) radiation should be taken very seriously. Read more...

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Hay fever | National Centre for Farmer Health

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens. It is very common and often occurs during spring. Read more...

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Trauma supporting others | National Centre for Farmer Health

Trauma will affect everyone differently. There is no 'right' way to react to trauma. Some people react emotionally, others might throw themselves into work or practical tasks. Teenagers especially may withdraw and seem not to react. Read more...

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Relationships and communication | National Centre for Farmer Health

Relationships grow on communication. Like everything else on the farm, they suffer when neglected. All relationships require effort, whether its personal relationships with family members or relationships with other farm workers. Its important to talk about issues as they arise. Read more...

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Eye injury flash burns | National Centre for Farmer Health

Flash burns occur when the cornea (the clear tissue that covers your eyes) has been exposed to ultraviolet light. Flash burns are like sunburn in the eye. Read more...

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Ambulance - when to call one | National Centre for Farmer Health

Farmers, who often work alone, need to be as self reliant in an emergency as possible. First aid skills are essential for all farm workers and people living on farms. Knowing what to do in an emergency could save a life, and that life could also be your own.Read more...

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Lyssavirus | National Centre for Farmer Health

Thankfully Lyssavirus is a rare disease in Australia and only three human deaths have been recorded since it was discovered in 1996. Read more...

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Tinea | National Centre for Farmer Health

Tineais a highly-contagious fungal skin infection that affects the feet (athletes foot), groin (jock itch), scalp, skin underneath the breasts, fingernails and toenails. Read more...

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