Fund­ing de­liv­ered for vi­tal health ser­vice for farm­ers

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - News -

FARM­ERS and farm­ing groups have wel­comed the $625,000 Fed­eral and State Govern­ment fund­ing for the Na­tional Cen­tre for Farmer Health (NCFH) in Hamil­ton.

TheS­tateGovern­men­thas­de­liv­ered Fed­eral Govern­ment con­tribut­ing $375,090.

State min­is­ter for health David Davis said the fund­ing is a “wel­come step” and the cen­tre will de­velop a sus­tain­able fund­ing so­lu­tion for the long term.

“Farm­ers are at risk of poor health, with above av­er­age rates of pre­ma­ture mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity through heart dis­ease, can­cer and sui­cide.

“By work­ing di­rectly with farm­ers, pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, the cen­tre is ac­tively re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of chronic dis­eases among farm­ers across ru­ral Vic­to­ria and in­ter­state,” Mr Davis said.

The Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion (VFF) have been fight­ing hard for State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments to de­liver $500,000 each to the NCFH which pro­vides na­tional lead­er­ship to im­prove the health, safety and men­tal well-be­ing of farm men and women, farm work­ers, their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia.

The cen­tre needs an­nual fund­ing of $1 mil­lion per year to keep op­er­at­ing.

VFFpres­i­den­tPeterTuo­hey­said that look­ing af­ter the phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing of farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties should al­ways be “a high pri­or­ity for govern­ment”.

“It’s im­por­tant to note this is only one-off fund­ing.

“We need both State and Fed­eral gov­ern­mentsto­re­aliseth­e­longevity of the NCFH and to en­sure that it is a ser­vice farm­ing fam­i­lies can rely on in the fu­ture.

“There’s proven sup­port from both sides of govern­ment, both State­andFed­er­a­lan­de­venabroadto con­tinue the work of farmer health.

“For a cen­tre and pro­gram that is now be­ing adopted and repli­cated in Canada to sim­ply be aban­doned af­ter a year would be baf­fling,” Mr Tuo­hey said.

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