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The 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: May 2018

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Eye injury flash burns - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Flash burns (welders flash) are common painful complaints following welding on farms. Flash burns occur when the cornea (the clear tissue that covers your eyes) has been exposed to ultraviolet light like the welding torch. Symptoms develop five to 10...

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Bushfire smoke - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Bushfire smoke can affect your lungs. Many farmers already have sensitive lungs or lung disease because they are regularly exposed to a lot of dust and other particles that affect their lungs. You can be affected by smoke from bushfires...

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Farmers lung - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Farmers lung is a serious respiratory condition also known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It affects people whose immune system is sensitive to fungal spores inhaled from: Mouldy hay Straw Grain Compost Farmers lung is different from farmers fever (ODTS) because it...

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Shock - physical - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Medical shock is caused by not having enough blood circulating around your body. The lack of blood circulation caused by shock is a life-threatening medical emergency. Some of the many causes of medical shock include uncontrolled bleeding, severe burns, dehydration,...

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Lyssavirus - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Lyssavirus is related to the rabies virus. Thankfully is a rare infection in Australia and only three human deaths have been recorded since it was discovered in 1996. People can be infected by bites or scratches from infected flying foxes...

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Psittacosis parrot fever - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Psittacosis, a lung infection which is also called parrot fever. The bacteria which causes the disease in humans is carried by birds, which often show no sign of disease. People who have close contact with birds, such as parrot breeders,...

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Farmer's fever - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Farmers fever, also called organic dust toxic syndrome (ODTS), is caused by breathing in dust which contains moulds from spoiled plant materials. It is a common respiratory illness in farmers, particularly those working with grain, hay, silage and confined animals....

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Asthma - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Asthma is a lung condition which causes the air passages (bronchi) of the lungs to become narrow, making it hard to breathe. There may be swelling of the airways, more mucous being produced and spasms of the airways. Farmers and...

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CPR - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions that delivers oxygen and artificial circulation to a person whose heart has stopped. This is referred to as being in cardiac arrest (caused by a heart attack). CPR...

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Aspergillosis - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Asperigillosis is an infection or allergic reaction caused by the Aspergillus fungus. Although Aspergillus fungi are commonly found in the environment farmers are most at risk when working with composting or decaying vegetation such as rain damaged hay, silage or...

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