A NETWORK has been created to help prevent mental injury in Victoria’s primary production workplaces.
The Primary Producer Knowledge Network has been developed by the National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH)—a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University based in Hamilton, Victoria.
Funded by WorkSafe’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund, this initiative will collaborate with farmers, fishers and industry partners to develop evidence-based and practical strategies and resources delivered through a website, interactive capacity building program and social media platforms.
The Primary Producer Knowledge Network project will be delivered over two years to support and further develop sustainable and systemic improvements in mental health across Victoria’s primary industries.
The evidence-based resources developed by the Primary Producer Knowledge Network project will build practical skills in Victoria’s primary producers and help prevent mental injury in an already vulnerable workforce.
Deakin University’s Dr Alison Kennedy, who will lead the project from the National Centre for Farmer Health, said primary producers, including farmers and fishers, were a vulnerable workforce in industries undergoing significant transition, and experienced a wide-range of workplace-related mental health challenges.
“This exposure stems from an ageing and reducing workforce, rapidly increasing technological demands, exposure to a global marketplace and increasing uncertainty—with links to psychological distress and suicide risk,” Dr Kennedy said.
More information about the project is available by contacting Dr Kennedy at the National Centre for Farmer Health via a.kennedy@deakin.edu.au or phoning 5551 8533.