Keeping you updated on developments with the Ripple Effect
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The Ripple Effect: Farmers helping farmers beat rural suicide

Introducing the Ripple Effect Steering Group

Exciting progress continues to be made in the development of the Ripple Effect and we have recently had our first Steering Group meeting. The members of the Ripple Effect Steering Group bring a combined experience of farming, health and wellbeing, digital design and research. There is a strong representation across the group of people who have been personally effected by suicide. The members of our Steering Group include:

  • Farmer Representatives: Maria Parente (VIC), NickShady (VIC), Ross Romeo (QLD), Martin Butler (VIC), Steve Junghenn (VIC/QLD), Karen Seiler (QLD) and Katrina Myers (NSW)
  • Digital Design Representative: Kylie Robertson
  • Mental Health Representative: Tristan Brumby-Rendell
  • Management Group: Susan Brumby, Alison Fairleigh, Sam Haren, Dan Koerner, Tom Whitty and Alison Kennedy
To learn more about our Steering Group Members, visit the Ripple Effect page on the Farmer Health website at

Calling for expressions of interest from Community Champions

We are seeking expressions of interest from community members who are keen to learn more about the Ripple Effect website and then be committed to spreading the word about the Ripple Effect throughout their networks. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in learning more about this please email your contact details to 

Out and about starting the ripple

Members of the Ripple Effect Steering Group have been out and about a lot during the last two months, talking about the need for, and the development of, the Ripple Effect. Katrina and Nick both featured on ABC Rural Radio. The Ripple Effect has also featured in numerous print media articles. Visit the Farmer Health webpage for links to this coverage Alison K gave a presentation about the Ripple Effect at the Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium in Creswick. The media and community interest about the Ripple Effect is effectively starting the positive ripple of reducing stigma by starting the conversation about rural suicide.

Keep in touch

If you have any comments or questions about the Ripple Effect please don't hesitate to get in contact with either Sue Brumby ( or Alison Kennedy ( at the National Centre for Farmer Health. Or phone us on (03) 5551 8533.

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