2019-11-29: Media Release – National Centre for Farmer Health partners with LYSN

Improving the health and wellbeing of farmers, their families and communities across Australia.

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH), who provide leadership to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of farm men and women and their families, has partnered with Lysn, a leading Australian mental health and wellbeing company. The partnership will provide enhanced access to farmer health trained psychologists, continuity of care and dramatically reduced wait times for Australian farmers and their families.

Australian rural communities experience a wide range of challenging circumstances including social and geographical isolation, the impact of drought and other extreme climatic events and diminishing face-to-face services. This has an effect on the health and wellbeing of everyone involved. On average, people in remote Australia die from suicide at twice the rate of city residents, with research consistently showing that farmers are among the highest risk groups at risk of suicide.

These alarming statistics are disturbing when considering that current wait times to see a psychologist can stretch to months. The Lysn and National Centre for Farmer Health partnership will dramatically reduce wait times to just 48 hours, whilst also offering access to vital support information and options to seek help. Lysn’s Founder, Dr Jonathan King further explains:

“Access to psychologists has often been restrictive for those living in rural and remote communities. This is a concern when you look at the statistics and know that almost every farmer has known someone who has taken their own life. It has always been a number one priority of Lysn to improve access to mental health support for all Australians and this partnership is one step closer to achieving that goal.”

This new partnership will see the National Centre for Farmer Health able to offer farming communities access to timely, tailored support services at the click of a button. Access to online psychology services will be possible via the Farmer Health website www.farmerhealth.org.au.

Professor Susan Brumby, Director of the NCFH said “This platform will provide farmers with the ability to access services from their own home and arrange a one-on-one confidential session with a fully qualified Australian AHPRA approved Psychologist who understands the many factors of farming life and work that contribute to mental health challenges.”

Both Lysn and the National Centre for Farmer Health are passionate about improving the wellbeing of Australians and providing care. The new partnership champions a customer-centered approach with secure technology and confidential services. Putting the client in the control seat offers an empowered wellbeing experience. The Lysn and National Centre for Farmer Health partnership is Australian Healthcare compliant and set to improve the access to mental healthcare across the rural farming regions of Australia.

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National Centre for Farmer Health:
Cecilia Fitzgerald, Business Development Manager
Ph 03 5551 8533

Tahlia CrinisBoss Media
Ph 0420 901 220


‘Making a difference to farmer’s lives’

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) is a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University and is based in Hamilton, Victoria.

Established in 2008, the Centre encompasses university research, service delivery and education that provides leadership in improving the health, wellbeing and safety of farm men and women, their families and rural communities across Australia and globally.

Focusing on prevention and early identification of risk factors associated with farming populations, the NCFH develops timely, appropriate, effective and popular interventions.  Often working in partnership with industry, rural organisations and academia.

The NCFH team includes professionals from the health, agricultural, social sciences and information technology disciplines who have a proven capacity to deliver in the areas of education, training, applied research and community engagement.


Lysn has aggregated the qualifications and specialties of 315+ psychologists around Australia, providing users with a seamless experience of finding the right psychologist unique to their needs including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Depression
  • Stress
  • Isolation
  • Relationships
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Bullying
  • Parenting
  • Self-image and Eating Disorders
  • Learning Difficulties and Disorders
  • Violence and PTSD

Lysn connects users with Australian Qualified AHPRA Psychologists. The platform offers a simple one price structure:

  • $19 for a matching consultation*
  • $69.50 for 25 minutes with a LYSN Psychologist*
  • $139 for 50 minutes with a LYSN Psychologist*
  • $0.99c* booking fee per consultation
  • Many Private Health Insurers are eligible. Please check with your insurer.
  • Medicare rebates apply for Modified Monash Areas 4-7. Please ask your local GP.

Since its launch in 2016, Lysn is changing the current paradigm of mental healthcare. Hundreds of Australians have signed up for and had telehealth consultations using Lysn, with registrations and usage growing daily. Lysn is also improving access to mental healthcare for those in regional and rural areas, many of those who otherwise might not have access to mental healthcare.
For more information, head to Lysn.
If you are in crisis, or are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, contact 000 or your local emergency health service.