Farmsafe WA Alliance - Founded by Farmers for Farmers

An independent not-for-profit, non-government organisation encouraging and leading the way to safer farming

Your Health - Your Future

Your Health - Your Future in Farming

Information for Health Professionals

Farmsafe WA conducted a pilot project in early 2011, funded by the Department of Health with the aim to allow the farming community to reflect on how risks change throughout different life stages and to facilitate solution focused discussions about injury prevention.

During the workshops we created discussions and got ideas on how to make farm work more fit for mature aged farmers but also on how to make farmers more fit for the job. By inviting the entire family we created discussions across generations and included all perspectives on farm work, the ageing process, and how best to address these issues.

Feedback from health professional on how to engage the over 55 farming community and to assess the resources currently available to assist GP's and Nurses was vital to the success of this project.

Small focus group/PD sessions were organised at the following locations:

  • Collie River Valley Medical Centre
  • Greater Bunbury District General Practice
  • Donnybrook Medical Centre
  • Donnybrook Hospital
  • Boyup Brook Medical Centre
  • Bridgetown Medical Practice
  • Harvey Medical Centre.

If you are interested in participating in this project but are unable to attend one of the focus group/PD sessions you could help by filling out a questionnaire which will only take a couple minutes.

The purpose of the questionnaire was to identify ways in which to engage the over 55 farming community and their families and to assess and evaluate the current resources available to health professionals.

Completing and returning of the questionnaires helped us to provide the most useful and relevant information at the workshops scheduled for the end of March 2011.

People were also invited to attend the workshops which were held in:

  • Cowaramup at the Duggan Pavilion
  • Nannup at St John Ambulance
  • Bridgetown at St John Ambulance &
  • Donnybrook at St John Ambulance

For more information please feel free to contact Project Officer Alicia Hughes on 08 9359 4118

Other Teaching and Learning Resources

Aghealth Australia has produced the following resources provide information on farm health and injury to:

  • Assist health workers in their everyday interactions with farmers
  • Support the development of local health programs inclusive of farmers health and safety needs

Click on the following resource or page links:

Farm Health and Safety Tookit for Rural General Practitioners

Farm Health and Injury Chartbook Series

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Farmsafe WA Alliance Founded twenty years ago, with the voluntary work of farmers and enthusiasm of other interested bodies.

 

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