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The National Centre for Farmer Health

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH), based in the Australian agricultural centre of Hamilton, is a partnership between Western District Health Service (Hamilton) and Deakin University. NCFH is committed to making a difference to farmers’ lives.

NCFH builds on an industry-service-government partnership developed through the Sustainable Farm Families™ program. The centre is uniquely placed to strengthen the human and rural service workforce.

Focusing on prevention and early identification of risk factors associated with farming populations, the NCFH develops timely, appropriate, effective and popular interventions.

The NCFH team is multi-disciplinary and includes professionals from the health, agricultural, social sciences and information technology disciplines who focus on 4 key strategies to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of farm agricultural workers and their families.

These 4 key strategies include:

  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 Australia's only 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.

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Last reviewed: November 2015

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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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Stress tool - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

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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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Fatigue - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Fatigue can present serious risks for farmers. Fatigue is when you feel like you are always tired. Its not the same as feeling drowsy, or tired after a busy day. Its more a feeling of pushing yourself through the day,...

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Relationships and communication - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Relationships grow on communication. Like everything else on the farm, they suffer when neglected. Farms usually combine work and home in one location, this can make for very close relationships. It can also mean there is little escape from each...

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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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Stress and your health - Farmer Health | 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 cant cope, its probably doing damage somewhere. Stress...

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