‘OPENING THE GATES ON FARMER HEALTH’
Hamilton, Victoria
11th – 13th October 2010

This conference will highlight the health, well-being and safety issues of farm men and women, farm workers and their families. This will be achieved by identifying a solid agenda to improve health outcomes for this community via key policy, research, planning, health and workforce domains across local, state and national sectors. A Charter for Farmer Health will be developed.
International speakers and delegates from USA, UK and Sweden.
  1. Professor Kelley Donham, University of IowaAgricultural Medicine is the specialty field of occupational health that deals specifically with the health and safety of agricultural producers, their families, and employees. Production agriculture is one of the most hazardous of occupations – worldwide.
  2. Ms Linda Syson-Nibbs, Public Health Consultant, Farming Life Centre, Peak District, Derbyshire, UKSpeaking on UK experience of the health and social inequalities experienced by rural communities around Derbyshire and how she changed their service system to accommodate and meet the needs of the farming populations in this area where there was hidden deprivation.
  3. Peter Lundqvist & Catharina Alwall Svennefelt, Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesSpeaking on injury prevention in agriculture from a Swedish research perspective
The program will focus on the diversity of issues that affect farming communities in a cross sector approach including:
  • Agricultural medicine and environmental health
  • Animal health/Human health
  • Climate variability
  • Chronic disease
  • Agricultural Health & Safety
  • The challenges of rural social lifestyle
  • Allied Health
  • Evidenced based practice
  • Diet and disease
  • Mental health
  • Farming families
  • Service Delivery
ARTS and HEALTH
As part of the conference Arts and Health component a national photography competition and a Night at the Theatre will be included in the conference program.
National Photography Competition Theme: Celebrating Rural Life
Entries from around the country have already been submitted. Entries close 24 September.

Award winning judges – great prizes Enter on www.farmerhealth.org.au
A Night at the Theatre featuring two comedies by Alan Hopgood AM.
These plays explore with humour the effects diabetes and prostate cancer have on individuals and their families. The plays will be followed by a forum with medical professionals.
For more information call Sally Stevenson: 03 5551 8587 or www.farmerhealth.org.au