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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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Hand washing | National Centre for Farmer Health

Washing your hands is one of the simplest, yet most effective, things you can do to protect your health and the health of others. Farmers come in contact with many potential sources of disease and illness. Read more...

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Farmers lung | National Centre for Farmers Health

Farmers lung is a serious respiratory condition also known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It affects people whose immune system is sensitive to fungal spores. Read more...

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Depression the facts | National Centre for Farmer Health

Depression is a common condition which is often not diagnosed. Depression is more than feeling sad or stressed. Read more...

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Alcohol and farmers | National Centre for Farmer Health

Alcohol is widely used in social interactions but it can cause many health, social, and safety problems when not used responsibly. People in farming communities are more likely to binge drink (consume alcohol at short-term risky levels) when compared with the general Australian population. Read more...

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Alcohol free events | National Centre for Farmer Health

Young people are at particular risk from alcohol. Health authorities recommend that young people should avoid drinking until they are in their 20s to protect their developing brains, which can be damaged by even small amounts of alcohol. Read more...

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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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Asthma | National Centre for Farmer Health

Asthma is a lung condition which causes the air passages (bronchi) of the lungs to become inflamed and narrow, making it hard to breathe. Read more...

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Skin cancer prevention | National Centre for Farmer Health

Farmers and agricultural workers have a high risk of skin cancer because they usually work outdoors. Protect yourself from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer by wearing a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeved shirts, long pants and sunscreen. 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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Anthrax | National Centre for Farmer Health

Anthrax is a bacterial disease that targets sheep, cattle and other hoofed herbivores (grass eating animals) like goats and horses. Read more...

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