The Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine (GCertAgHealthMed) is a first in Australia. Delivered through Deakin University, the course delivers specialist knowledge and skills to students currently employed, or wishing to gain employment, in rural and remote health-related professions.
This course aims to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve the social, physical and mental health of agricultural workforces and farming women, men and children across Australia.
The dynamic course material shifts focus with the changing nature of challenges faced by rural and remote agricultural communities. The interdisciplinary and real-time nature of the GCertAgHealthMed will highlight what is needed to improve the determinants of health in farming communities both in Australia and abroad. You will learn about the interplay between diverse topics that span environmental, social, physical and mental health in addition to community stressors that impact the wellbeing of rural and remote communities.
Scholarship applications for the Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities (HMF702) are now OPEN. This course is to be delivered VIRUTALLY, commending in July 2022. Apply now by clicking this link or scroll down for more details.
Frequently asked questions
The Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine consists of four credit points of study made up of two core units:
- HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine: delivered as a five day intensive and assessments online during Trimester 1 (Feb – Jun) 2022 (subject to COVID-19 face-to-face restrictions, this may be in person or online)
- HMF702 Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities: a wholly online unit delivered in Trimester 2 (Jul – Oct)
Agricultural Health and Medicine (HMF701)
HMF701 is Agricultural Health and Medicine is offered by Deakin’s School of Medicine and the National Centre for Farmer Health in Trimester 1. This unit aims to develop the next generation of rural and agricultural health leaders to improve the health, wellbeing and safety and wellbeing of rural and remote Australians.
It is well documented that agricultural workers, their families and communities face poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts, experiencing higher incidences of injury, illness and work-related fatalities than most other industries.
The unit addresses the underlying causes of injury and illness in agriculture and highlights the importance of healthy farming families and communities for the productivity and sustainability of the industry. You will learn about the poor health in agricultural areas and its impact on agribusiness, agricultural production and sustainability, and help to improve the health outcomes of farming men, women and children. You will increase your understanding of the social, environmental, physical and mental health factors that result in higher rates of injury illness and death in rural and remote communities.
This information will be beneficial to professionals looking to improve agricultural production and sustainability or to improve health provision, research, policy and literacy in rural and remote communities. To complete HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine, students will be required to attend a five-day intensive during Trimester 1 from 28th Feb – 4th March 2022. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, this course will now be run online.
Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities (HMF702)
HMF702 Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities is a twelve-week online unit offered by Deakin’s School of Medicine and the National Centre for Farmer Health in Trimester 2. You will gain understanding of on the environmental, social and community stressors that influence the wellbeing of today’s rural and remote communities. The unit will highlight the importance of improving the physical and mental health of rural and remote workforces to the productivity of primary industries and agribusiness and you will gain the skills and knowledge to positively influence the physical, mental and social health of high-risk rural populations.
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