THE VFF South Gippsland Branch meeting on Monday, July 2 will feature guest speaker Dr Alison Kennedy from the National Centre for Farmer Health.
Dr Kennedy will be speaking at Matt Harms’ Onfarm discussion group meeting in Korumburra during the day and then the VFF meeting at Bairs Hotel in Leongatha from 7.15pm.
Dr Kennedy is a Behavioural Scientist who has lived and worked in Victoria’s rural farming community for the past 15 years.
Your health is the number one asset in a farming business,” Dr Kennedy said.
“We need to understand, recognise and prevent the flow-on effect of poor farmer health.”
Her doctoral research explored the impact that suicide and accidental death have on members of Australian farming families.
Alison’s role at the National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) since 2010 has included research addressing alcohol misuse in farming communities (Alcohol Intervention Training Program), rural suicide prevention and suicide stigma reduction (The Ripple Effect www.therippleeffect.com.au), and increasing the understanding of rural women’s experience of managing tough times (From Inside the Farm Gate).
As a community educator, Alison has worked as part of the ‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ campaign – delivering health and wellbeing workshops to farmers and community members across areas of Victoria experiencing tough times.
She also regularly presents to community, health professionals and industry groups on issues of farmer health, wellbeing and safety.
To RSVP to the VFF meeting, which includes finger food, contact Damian Murphy on 0458 645 437 for catering purposes.