Agriculture Health | July 23, 2018

Looking after our farmers health and wellbeing

The Nationals Member for Lowan and Shadow Minister for Country Health, Emma Kealy MP has announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide $4 million over four years to the National Centre for Farmer Health.

The Centre is committed to improving the health, wellbeing and safety of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Victoria.

Farming can be a very stressful occupation, with challenges regularly faced including extreme climatic events and conditions, market forces, social and geographic isolation, reducing services and working long hours.

The Centre offers a range of services and programs to mitigate these challenges including Health and Lifestyle Assessments for farmers and the Gear Up for Ag Health and Safety program delivered in schools and focussing on raising awareness among young Australian farmers about safety.

“Having seen the fantastic support the National Centre for Farmer Health team in Hamilton offers our farmers, I’m proud to back this great program which is delivering real benefits to the health and wellbeing of country Victorians,” Ms Kealy said.

“Daniel Andrews has proven time and time again that he is the Premier for Melbourne.

“Country Victorians deserve a better deal on health care in rural areas, not the four years of neglect that they have suffered under Daniel Andrews’ city-centric Labor Government.

“Only The Nationals will deliver a better deal for our farmers,” she said.

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