Save the National Centre for Farmer Health
  • Petitioned State Government of Victoria

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State Government of Victoria

Save the National Centre for Farmer Health

    1. Alison Fairleigh
    2. Petition by

      Alison Fairleigh

      Ayr, Australia

The National Centre for Farmer Health, located in Hamilton VIC, has had its $1 million annual grant cut in the recent Victorian State Budget meaning it is likely to close.

The Centre provides national leadership to improve the health, safety and well-being of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Australia. The NCFH has been instrumental in delivering the Sustainable Farming Families programs during the recent droughts and floods which supported farm communities to remain in farming. It also works on projects to improve the health of farmers - which is generally poorer than the broader community - in areas such as hearing loss.

2012 is the Australian Year of the Farmer, celebrating the vital role farmers play in feeding, clothing and providing building materials to house us all. If farmers really are our future, then we must take care of them by supporting the NCFH to continue their valuable work running programs for farmers, courses for rural doctors and researching farmer health and safety issues.

Life on the land is increasingly more demanding - physically, emotionally and socially; and in urgent need of people with the skills and the commitment to help correct the imbalance in the health, safety and wellbeing of rural and remote communities.

A 2010 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into the health of men in regional and remote Australia paints an alarming portrait of the mental health of Australian farmers. The AIHW found that men living outside major cities were 28% more likely than those living within to have a substance use disorder at some point in their life. Men living outside major cities also had a 33% higher rate of suicide than their inner city equivalents. According to the National Male Health Policy established by the Department of Health and Ageing in 2010, males aged between 45 and 64 in rural and remote areas are more likely to report depression than those living in major cities.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. David Davis seeks help to fund NCFH

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      The future of the National Centre for Farmer health hangs in the balance after the Victorian Government cut its million dollar annual funding in the recent state budget. The Centre was set up four years ago with the donation of $1 million dollars, which was topped up by State Government.

    2. Bush health: Listen to warning signals about industrial deafness

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      The success of the ‘Shhh… hearing’ program has been overshadowed by a funding crisis at NCFH.

      The National Health and Medical Research Council has funded the program bringing critical research to rural Victoria and farmers everywhere, at the same time as the Victorian government is pulling the plug on general funding for the Centre.

      Dr Hogan said there was "nothing like NCFH anywhere in Australia and access to rural health services is hard enough without risking the future of such a unique organisation."

    3. National Centre for Farmer Health Website

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      Visit the NCFH website to see their vital research, education and programs.

    4. ABC Rural

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      Slow response to attempt to save farmer health centre

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. The first cut is the deepest

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      A blog post by Lynne Strong of Clover Hill Dairies and Art4Agriculture about the National Centre for Farmer Health

    7. ABC Rural - Qld Country Hour (Audio)

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      Vic budget decision puts Qld health services in doubt

    8. ABC Ballarat Interview - NCFH Petition

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      Alison Fairleigh live interview with ABC Ballarat 10/05/2012 about this petition

    9. The real picture of our farming future

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      Sophie Love article on ABC The Drum:

      "The potential is there, but the reality is that federal and state governments are going to have to markedly shift their attitudes, funding allocations and support for farmers if Australia is ever going to be anything other than a dust bowl importing all its food from Asia. That's the way we're headed."

    10. Petition launched to save National Centre for Farmer Health

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      The National Centre for Farmer Health, located in Hamilton in western Victoria, is facing likely closure after its $1 million annual grant was cut in the recent Victorian State Budget. National rural health advocate Alison Fairleigh is calling on rural people across Australia to sign a petition calling for the funding to be reinstated.

    11. Farmers fear budget hit to rural health services

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      THE Victorian-based National Centre for Farmer Health has had its core funding axed by the state government, putting at risk the future of the unique rural health and farm institute

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. Jaala Pulford MP to present petition to Victorian Government

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      Jaala Pulford MP, Member for Western Victoria, has agreed to present this petition to the Victorian Parliament when it resumes 4th June. (The NCFH is located in her electorate.)

    14. Harvester of Sorrow

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      Suicide and depression amongst Australian farmers

    15. 'Tough' times force farmer centre funding cut

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      The federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, says it is unlikely a cut to continued funding for the National Centre for Farmer Health was a political move.

    16. National Centre for Farmer Health likely to close

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      The National Centre for Farmer Health is likely to close, after the Victorian Government cut its funding.

    17. Farmer Health funding slashed

      Alison Fairleigh
      Petition Organizer

      THE National Centre for Farmer Health has had its funding ripped out from underneath it in today's Victorian State Budget.

    18. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Gerard Watt VIC, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Farmer and health problems need to be addressesed.

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    • Kerry Nolte HAMILTON, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is very important to have this centre to support farmers with health and other issues. Farmers are the ones that feed our country and they need to be supported in all areas of their life. It isn't easy being a farmer especially when the government doesn't seem to want to help support these people.

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    • Allen Hyde ROSEVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      In this Year of the Farmer continued funding of the important work being undertaken by the National Cnetre for Farmer Health is extremely important. Farmers play a vital role in the provision of essential foods and agricultural products for the benefit of all Australians. They deserve our support in return.

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    • Anne Stelling WOORAGEE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      The Sustainable Farm Families program was a valuable wake-up call for me to improve my physical and mental health and I so appreciated that intervention before finding out these things too late (ie ending up in hospital!). I would think that cutting the funding to such a program would be false economy indeed; preventing early intervention and thus adding to later healthcare costs, not to mention lowering farm productivity down the track...

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    • Jenny Anderson WANGARATTA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Without our farmers in good health , there is no FOOD, nothing. No milk, no bread, no butter, no beer. Is that the future for Victorias FOOD CHAIN ? Who cares? Mr. Bailleau Ithought you understood where your FOOD comes from.You are taking your good health for granted. Not everyone is so lucky.Do you know any farmers ? Come and visit us and see where your lamb roast comes from.

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