Farmers are not seeking help: what does service provision have to do with it?

Vayro, C. and Brownlow, C. and Ireland, M. and March, S. (2017) Farmers are not seeking help: what does service provision have to do with it? In: 14th World Rural Health Conference (Wonca 2017), 29 Apr-2 May 2017, Cairns, QLD.

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Abstract

Aim
The rate of suicide in farmers is twice that of the general population. Help-seeking from health professionals, if this occurs in a timely manner, can significantly minimise the negative consequences of mental ill-health. However, it has now been demonstrated that farmers as a group are reluctant to seek help for mental ill-health, which likely contributes to this problem. Previous research has demonstrated that General Practitioners are the most commonly visited health professional in rural farming areas, however, they are under-utilised as a means of seeking help. This research aimed to examine the potential barriers and facilitators of mental health help-seeking in farmers, that relate to the provision of service from the perspective of farmers.
Methods
The present research draws on findings from semi‐structured interviews with 10 farmers residing in Queensland. The techniques of Braun and Clarke (2006) were used to guide the thematic analysis.
Results
Several key factors relating to services were identified as having the potential to directly or indirectly influence mental health help-seeking. These include: how services are marketed/packaged and delivered, availability and accessibility, continuity of care, having ‘knowledgeable bush practitioners’ as well as perception of good outcomes.
Conclusion
It is expected that this research will create a better understanding of the farmers’ perspective relating to service provision for the purpose of seeking help for mental health. The outcomes have implications for developing and providing interventions for farmers to promote services for the purpose of mental health help-seeking as well as create awareness in service provider and other stakeholders of issues that prevent timely help-seeking.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 01:34
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health; rural; farmers; suicide; mental health services
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Occupational Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32616

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