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In the immediate time after the bushfires, it is normal to experience stress and feel emotionally and physically exhausted.

A key to recovery is to remain as healthy as you can. When thinking about your own wellbeing:

  • Stay connected to people
  • Take moments to recharge & rest
  • Remember to take prescribed medications
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to distressing images
  • Avoid working in the heat of the day
  • Eat well, keep hydrated & prioritise sleep
  • It is OK to ask for what you need – people want to help.
When supporting others:
  • Practical support is often most helpful in the early stages
  • Be there to listen if people need to talk
  • Regularly check in with people – everyone responds to tough times differently and people’s needs vary over time.

For more support information CLICK HERE

Increase your capacity to work with farming communities in 2020: Join Australia’s only Agricultural Health and Medicine course for rural professionals.
Graduate and agricultural professional Louisa Ferrier now has an in-depth knowledge about the links between health and agriculture and is making a difference to farmers’ lives within her field.
If you want to become a leader and advocate for farmer health, wellbeing, safety, are a professional living, and working in agricultural communities, then enrol now! Enrolments are open through Deakin University.
We welcome you to enrol if you have a professional background in; nursing, medicine, health, agricultural science, public policy, agribusiness, psychology, social work, veterinary and or environmental science, and a drive to improve farmer health. Enrollments close shortly so get your application in as soon as possible.
To hear Louisa's thoughts, read more and apply: CLICK HERE

In January, the NCFH ran a ‘Thriving and Surviving’ Digital Storytelling Workshop in Swan Hill, Victoria for young people (12-25 years) who had navigated tough times.

When asked what prompted them to participate in the workshop, one young person replied “what if other people need to hear what I have to say?”
The inspiring and courageous group of young people worked for 3 days to create powerful short films (digital stories) about their experiences; what they had learned and what they wanted people to take away from viewing their stories.  Powerful stories were told from young peoples’ perspectives about living with poor mental health, physical abuse, managing intellectual disability, losing the family farm due to ongoing drought and starting a new life in a foreign country. All of these stories are shaped by living in a rural area—highlighting both the challenges and the advantages of life in a rural community.
View the digital stories: CLICK HERE
Each Wednesday we feature a Farmer Health fact sheet from on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These fact sheets are a useful resource to keep you on top of your game! You asked for a quick recap so here it is!   
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