Education is essential

Education Group of HMF701 students onsite learning on farm dangers

Education is one of the primary aims of the National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH). It is of key importance to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of farm men, women and children.
Rural Australians experience poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts, and agricultural workers record higher incidences of injury, illness and work-related death than most other industries.  Farmers are also an increasingly ageing workforce required to work harder for longer to be productive in a period of climate instability and shrinking margins.  These units delivered by the NCFH detail the health challenges facing today’s agricultural workers, their families and communities and have a curriculum structured for rural professionals and postgraduate students from both health and non-health backgrounds.
Training opportunities will be provided for health and agricultural professionals, including general practitioners, nurses, paramedics,  allied health practitioners, veterinary surgeons, agronomists and primary industry workers.
The Centre will provide a range of education and training opportunities focussing on agricultural medicine, health and safety.  These will include:

  • Face-to-face postgraduate units for health and rural professionals through the Deakin School of Medicine
  • Webinars
  • Online lectures
  • Teaching tools for university and secondary schools.

Postgraduate study

The National Centre for Farmer Health offers 2 units in conjunction with the Deakin School of Medicine. These units aim to develop the next generation of rural and Agricultural Health leaders and are the core units for the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine qualification.

Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine (GCAHM)

A Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine is available in 2022 through the School of Medicine at Deakin University.  This professional qualification will be of great benefit to both health and non-health professionals working closely with agricultural workers and rural communities.
View more information about the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine

HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine

Where and when: 

 Western District Health Service, Hamilton – Trimester 1 2024
When: Late February to early March

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HMF702 Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities

When: July – October.  Between 2 and 3 hours per week of online training
Where: An online unit offered through Deakin Studies Online (

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Pathways, Education, Training and Skills (PETS) for Rural Victoria

The Victorian Department of Health under its Workforce Innovation Grant program (WIGP) 2010 -2011 was developed to explore, identity and trial (where appropriate) innovations that improve the utility of the health workforce, while maintaining and improving quality outcomes, efficiency and worker satisfaction. Under this initiative eight projects were funded to ‘improve the delivery of chronic disease management’, two projects looking at ‘pathways into health and community services’ and five projects were funded for ‘access to healthcare in non-acute settings’ which included the PETS project.

Secondary students

Children and young adults living or working on farms are more prone to serious injury than adults.  The education centre is developing educational materials and information sessions for secondary-level students about the health and safety risks associated with living on the farm.

Further information

For more information on this unit, the topics covered or the application process, please contact the Course Chair
Jacquie Cotton
Phone (03) 5551 8533
PO Box 283
Hamilton, Victoria, 3300