Hurry! Two spots left …

Two spots left in Australia’s only agricultural health and medicine postgraduate course

It is gaining an international profile and has just been awarded the prestigious 2014 Deakin University’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for teaching excellence.

Limited places remain for the 2015 intake,
which starts with an intensive week
from February 23-27 inclusive.

National Centre for Farmer Health director Associate Professor Sue Brumby said there are only two places remaining in the 2015 offering of this innovative course in agricultural health, wellbeing and safety, which has more than 100 graduates drawn from across every state and territory.

Outstanding specialist presenters include surgeon Mr. Stephen Clifforth, respiratory physician Dr. Andrew Bradbeer, emergency medicine specialist Associate Professor Tim Baker, clinical psychologist Jan Austin, drug and alcohol addiction specialist Dr. Rodger Brough, and veterinary specialist David Rendell.

“We would encourage everyone involved in the industry – from agriculturalists to health service providers – to invest just five days in their future. It will be time well spent,” Dr Brumby said

“This is the ultimate win-win opportunity for medical, health and rural professionals: it gives these key community influencers incredible insights into the extraordinary challenges faced by people in regional and rural Australia,” she said.

“The course benefits people by giving them access to dedicated professionals providing new skills to comprehend and help manage medical issues, as well as overall wellbeing for the whole family.”


Dr Brumby calls on all people across the gamut of professions who work closely with regional and rural communities to encourage staff members with a passion for, and interest in, rural health and injuries to attend.

“They will increase their skills and knowledge with this innovative course,” she said.

“Alternatively, if you have any staff currently undertaking postgraduate studies, such as diabetes education, Masters of nursing, social work, critical care, or midwifery, our core unit – Ag Health and Medicine HMF701 – can be taken as an elective. This unit alone is worth 35 Continuing Professional Development points.”

“Doctors enrolled with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) fellowships can claim two credit points towards their Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Health and Medicine.”


ACRRM fellowship trainee Dr Christel Smit Kroner, whose research work with farmers in the area of skin cancer has recently received wide regional media coverage, said the course helped her “gain a deeper understanding of the work and lifestyle factors impacting on my patient population”.

“I feel more confident to open up conversations with farmers about their daily work, stresses, worries and joys,” she added.

Alice Springs based 2013 scholarship recipient and Clinical Nurse Specialist Mathew Pigrim said he was excited to find a course that combined his knowledge and skills from nursing with his interests in the agricultural industry.

“It also provided me with a solid postgraduate qualification,” he said.


Enrolments for 2015 Trimester 1  are now open through Deakin University.

Contact:  Ms Vanessa Vaughan

Phone:    03 5551 8533




GCHAM 2015

GCHAM 2015