Let’s get farmer mental health Back On Track! We are seeking local input and community involvement from the Camperdown, Tinamba and Tallangatta communities in an exciting new trial of a peer-led model of support for people in farming communities experiencing low mood or poor mental health. Have your say or get involved.
We want to invite community members to provide their input on this initiative in relation to their community at our upcoming community consultation events. Meals will be provided during these free events.
This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (reference: 2021-138) and is supported by the National Centre for Farmer Health and the Gardiner Foundation.
You can read our Plain Language Statement here.
Register to attend a community consult event in your community!
We will be visiting Tinamba, Tallangatta and Camperdown at the start of February to invite local community members to provide input on how to make this initiative a success. The event dates are as follows:
FEBRUARY 13th Tallangatta, Victoria
FEBRUARY 15th Tinamba, Victoria
FEBRUARY 20th Camperdown, Victoria
About Back On Track
The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Gardiner Foundation to undertake a feasibility trial aimed at delivering a new peer-led mental health support model to farming communities in Victoria. Titled the Back On Track project, this collaboration between the NCFH and the Gardiner Foundation represents a significant milestone in addressing the mental health challenges faced by farmers and underscores the commitment of both organisations to the wellbeing of the agricultural community.
The Gardiner Foundation, a prominent supporter of agricultural initiatives, has generously provided funding to the NCFH to further develop and evaluate this peer-led evidence-based program that will focus on improving mental health outcomes for farmers in Victoria. Back on Track will explore the effectiveness of a new mental health support model that includes training and mentoring trusted local farming community members to lead delivery of a practical, farmer-focused approach to addressing low mood or depression. The new model will aim to provide accessible and culturally appropriate mental health services to farmers and their families, ensuring they receive the support they need during challenging times.
Back on Track will be supported by an experienced team of researchers and clinicians from Deakin University, Western District Health Service, La Trobe University and the University of South Australia.
Read our paper here to learn more about the community consultation that led to this project.
To read the report on the co-design informing this project, click here.