Funding delivered for vital health service for farmers
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.