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Seeking new NCFH Advisory Group members

Are you passionate about improving farmer health, wellbeing and safety? Do you have a demonstrated track record of commitment to health and/or agriculture, rural health, wellbeing, farming or farm safety matters? We are seeking new NCFH Advisory Group members from across Australia to contribute their expertise and help us achieve our vision to make a difference to farmers’ lives.

For more information and to lodge your Expression of Interest click the link below.


Applications for Agricultural Health and Medicine (HMF701) 2023 now open!

The pathway to making a difference to farmer’s lives is full of lightbulb moments and profound understanding. Agricultural Health and Medicine is just the place to light that spark. Applications are now open for the immersive 5-day intensive which will be held in Hamilton from February 27– March 3 2023.

Agricultural Health and Medicine unit (HMF701) is offered through Deakin University, School of Medicine. Expert presenters cover a broad range of health, safety and wellbeing issues ranging from mental illness and addiction through to emergency medicine, agrichemicals, zoonotic disease, non-communicable disease and agricultural trauma. The course material shifts focus with the changing nature of adversity and health challenges faced by rural and remote agricultural communities, providing graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve the social, physical and mental health of agricultural workforces and farming women, men and children across Australia.

Apply now – Applications close 19th Feb 2022.


From sheep and pastures to service providers...
by Kelly Barnes

I studied animal science at University and really enjoyed collecting data. From hours in the lambing shed observing lambing ewes to pasture cutting, weighing and sorting, I am fascinated by measuring and recording to achieve better outcomes.

Shifting focus from healthy sheep and pastures to healthy farmers, the inquisitive side is strong. From lived experience on farms and rural service provider roles working closely with farmers a genuine connection with clients is impossible to avoid in a small rural community. Being an eternal empath I couldn’t help but wonder what is the impact of challenging times on these service providers? And what are we doing to support these people?

I have just started the STaRR Program for emerging researchers with Western Alliance. The early stage researcher program teaches research skills and offers feedback to develop a protocol and complete a literature review.

The cobwebs were dusted off and the cogs are turning. Journal articles and highlighters at the ready I completed the first Zoom session and my concept was trimmed to become a tangible research question.

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