SFF out & about

Staff from the Sustainable Farm Families program do not just deliver the award winning SFF programs, they are also out and about across the country looking for opportunities to let people know how important it is to ensure that our farmers are healthy and safe.

You’ll find them offering health checks and providing information at:

  • Field days
  • Agricultural shows
  • Conferences

Conferences

Sustainable Farm Families Health professionals and researchers often present at Australian and international conferences to showcase SFF work and share our research findings.

2016 Wycheproof SFF™

Sustainable Farm Families Workshop with 10 farm families in Wycheproof.

Sustainable Farm Families Workshop with 10 farm families in Wycheproof.

The National Centre for Farmer Health in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, East Wimmera Health and Birchip Cropping Group ran a 2-day Sustainable Farm Families™ workshop on the 28 & 29 July 2016. The workshop attracted 10 local farming families to participate in physical health assessments and focus groups on various topics such as cardiovascular health, diabetes, diet and nutrition, farm health and safety, stress, a supermarket tour focusing on label reading and action planning. Participants have now set goals for both their farming business and personally and will be reporting back on their goals along with another free health check at their next workshop in February 2017.

 2016 SFF™ Yorke Peninsula and Spalding, South Australia

From the 7th March through to the 11th March our SFF™ team travelled to Minlaton on the Yorke Penisula and Spalding in South Australia to deliver workshops 2 and 3 of our Sustainable Farm Families™ program.

With the assistance of Primary Producers South Australia, Yorke Peninsula Alkaline Soils Group, Grains Producers SA, and Partners In Grain, we were able to continue the education delivered in Workshop 1 held in June 2015. Participants underwent follow-up health checks and received further education on topics such as mental health, cancer, respiratory health, and physical activity on farms.

All farmers had developed an action plan and reported fabulous progress which included nominating an Occupational Health and Safety Officer for their farming business, taking a holiday, following up with the doctor, doing a bowel screen and putting PTO guards back on.
Farmers reported that they appreciated the opportunity to “be more more proactive and to acknowledge the pros and cons within their life”.

For Sustainable Farm Families™ workshop dates in your area please see our Calendar.

2016 Hopetoun SFF™

Sustainable Farm Families Workshop with 16 Families in Hopetoun

Sustainable Farm Families Workshop with 16 Families in Hopetoun.

The National Centre for Farmer Health in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and Rural North West Health ran a 2 day Sustainable Farm Families Workshop on the 16th and 17th February 2016. The workshop attracted 16 local farming families to participate in physical health assessments, and focus groups on various topics such as cardiovascular health, diabetes, diet and nutrition, farm health and safety, stress, a supermarket tour focusing on label reading and action planning. Participants have now set goals for both their farming business and personally and will be reporting back on these at their next workshop on 6th September 2016.

For Sustainable Farm Families™ workshop dates in your area please see our Calendar.

2009 Victorian Dairy Conference

Pictured: Health professionals and data team from Western District Health Service, South West HealthCare, Otway Division of General Practice, National Centre for Farmer Health and Gippsland Rural Clinical School (Monash University).

Pictured: Health professionals and data team from
Western District Health Service, South West HealthCare,
Otway Division of General Practice,
National Centre for Farmer Health
and Gippsland Rural Clinical School (Monash University).

101 Dairy farmers and associated industry personnel participated in the 2009 Victorian Dairy Conference health assessments in Warrnambool.
The dairy conference is one of the biggest events on the dairy industry calendar with a focus on addressing the financial and industry challenges that all dairy farmers will face in times to come. The theme of the conference was Plug in, charge up and power on.

Participants offered health assessments
An exciting aspect of this year’s conference was the provision of health assessments. Delegates were assessed by a team of health professionals from Western District Health Service, South West Health Care and the Otway Division of General Practice. Ably assisting the health professionals was a collaborative team of over 18 people from industry and health services including Department of Primary Industries and major dairy companies.

Rural Health Conference 2007

Field days

Sheepvention 2010