Farmers Health book launch

A new VURRN Press book was published recently. Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health.

Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health

Farming has become an increasingly challenging enterprise not only for individual farmers, but for their families and the communities in which they live work and play. Faced with an increasingly unpredictable climate, fluctuating markets, and geographical and social isolation farming is no life for the faint hearted. The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) emerged in response to these challenges as a way of improving the health, wellbeing and safety of farmers.

This book contains a series of chapters developed from presentations made at the 2012 NCFH Conference ‘Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health’. Each of the chapters helps fulfil the NCFH’s ongoing vision of “inspiring quality education, research and service delivery through innovative partnerships that advance agrihealth locally and globally”. This book provides an opportunity to document and distribute the lessons and innovative approaches developed in the field of agricultural health, wellbeing and safety, and provides a sound basis for ongoing work into the future.

Farmer Health is the website for the National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH). The Centre provides national leadership to improve the health, safety and well-being of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Australia.

The Centre is a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University and is based in Hamilton, Victoria.

The Farmer Health website’s key objective is to increase knowledge transfer across the target groups of farmers, rural professionals, academics and students.

The NCFH has been operating since November 2008 and was officially opened by the Victorian Premier on 10 July 2009.

The Centre evolved from two main areas:

The Sustainable Farm Families (SFF) program – a health promotion program which addresses farmer health, well-being and safety issues. The core message of SFF is that the most important aspect of a healthy Australian farm is a healthy farm family
A Victorian Travelling Fellowship which examined overseas models for working with agricultural populations and provided the five key strategic areas which have been adopted by the NCFH.

his book contains a series of chapters developed from presentations made at the 2012 NCFH Conference ‘Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health’. Each of the chapters helps fulfil the NCFH’s ongoing vision of “inspiring quality education, research and service delivery through innovative partnerships that advance agrihealth locally and globally”. This book provides an opportunity to document and distribute the lessons and innovative approaches developed in the field of agricultural health, well-being and safety, and provides a sound basis for ongoing work into the future. The book can be purchased from VURRN Press or the Farmer Health website.