Living longer on the land: Sustainable farm families in broadacre agriculture

Brumby, S, Wilson, B and Wilder, S 2008, Living longer on the land: Sustainable farm families in broadacre agriculture, Rural Industries Research and Development Cooperation (RIRDC), Kingston, ACT, Australia

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Title of report Living longer on the land: Sustainable farm families in broadacre agriculture
Author(s) Brumby, S
Wilson, B
Wilder, S
Year of publication 2008
Publisher Rural Industries Research and Development Cooperation (RIRDC)
Place of publication Kingston, ACT, Australia
ISBN 9781741516374
Subjects Health and Community Services
Abstract/Summary The Current Health of Australians is an important ongoing political priority and significant resources have been allocated to determine the current health status and needs of both metropolitan and rural/ remote populations. The Joint research Venture for Farm Health and Safety, managed by the Rural Industries research and Development Corporation(RIRDC) has placed high priority on research into the health and wellbeing of farming families. In 2003 the Joint Research Venture provided funding to Western District Health Service and its collaborative partners to undertake a project to investigate the state of farmer health within the broad acre industries of Victoria, southern NSW and eastern South Australia for a period of three years. Determining the current health status of farming families was addressed through structured education programs coordinated over a three year period. Data gathered to address key research questions has enabled the identification of health and wellbeing factors that directly affect rural farming families. Over 128 farming family members actively recruited by collaborative partners were monitored and educated over the three year period. The results indicate an overall improvement in the health of the farming family member during this time. Farming Families have embraced this research and are incorporating health as an important business indicator that affects their 'tri le bottom line'. The Sustainable Farm Families ro ram has rown in its ca acit and has been extended to other agricultural industries to test its transferability and to further investigate the health of farming families. Key outcomes from the project reveal: - improvement of health indicators in faming members at risk of diseases throughout the program - positive retention of knowledge gained through the education process - overall improvement of the participants' health through measurable indicators - recommendation of the SFF program to others by 100% farming participants
Commissioning body Rural Industries Research and Development Cooperation (RIRDC)
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