Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers

Hossain, Delwar and Gorman, Don and Eley, Robert and Coutts, Jeff (2009) Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers. Project Report. University of Southern Queensland, Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]

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[Executive Summary]:

The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health received funding from the Foster’s Community Grant for an innovative program aiming to improve the mental health of farmers through the use of industry Advisory and Extension Agents (AEA) trained to recognize behaviour raising concern for the mental wellbeing of their farmer clients.
The funding has covered the cost of coordinating, monitoring, reporting on and training the AEAs; and from partner organizations — the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water, the Queensland Murray Darling Committee and the Condamine Alliance and AgForce — there has been recognition and endorsement of the project, encouragement of participation by their AEA employees in the program and support for them to participate.

As a result of this training AEAs will be able to:
 recognize signs of mental health problems and offer support;
 build resilience in farmers though support and advice;
 advise the farmers on resources, whether educational materials or health professionals;
 develop local networks of information and referral pathways;
and, with regard to their own development,
 demonstrate an observable improvement in reflective listening and empathy skills.

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Item Type: Report (Project Report)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2009 06:27
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; farmers; mental health; rural mental health services
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5809

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