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HDR Scholarship – Peer-led mental health support for farmers

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘Peer-led mental health support for farmers’.

Research topic

Farmers face a range of contextually-influenced situational factors that negatively influence mental health and suicide risk. Most farmers live in communities in which access to evidence-based face-to-face mental health support is limited. Where support is available, providers may have poor understanding of the realities of life and work in the farming environment. The unique barriers to support seeking identified in farming communities may be a barrier to people seeking support, particularly when they have a negative support seeking experience. Working with farmers to co-design an approach for delivering peer-led support may be one solution to increase accessibility to evidenced-based, appropriate and acceptable mental health support for farmers living with depression or low mood.

Read more and apply through the link below.

Western District Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer that has a commitment to cultural safety, inclusion and empowerment of Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander, their families and communities and encourages them to apply.  This organisation promotes the safety and wellbeing of children from culturally, linguistically diverse and aboriginal backgrounds and those with a disability.

Hamilton, located 3.5 hours from Melbourne, is the hub of a large agricultural region and the centre of the shire for business, commerce, education, health, cultural and recreational facilities. The National Centre for Farmer Health is a partnership between Western District Health Service a leading Sub-Regional referral centre and Deakin University.