In June 2017, Siggins Miller Consultants (an Australian company which operates domestically in all states and territories and internationally in the region) completed a literature review about farmer health and agricultural medicine as part of a mid-term evaluation of the National Centre for Farmer Health. The overarching aim was to examine the literature for issues of need, effectiveness, efficiency and relevance to Australian farmers’ health, wellbeing and safety. Searches were conducted in PubMed, Google Scholar, Medline, journal articles and online sources. Do to the usefulness of the review and requests we have made it available to our farmer health website users.
Sustainable Farm Families Program
Victorian Auditor General’s Report September 2010 2010-11:7In 2010 the Victorian Auditor General undertook an audit of the Sustainable Farm Families™ program as funded through the Victorian Department of Primary Industries drought recovery program. (2007) The audit examined whether the SFF program has been effective in improving the health and wellbeing of farming families in Victoria. It reviewed:
- The program’s rationale and planning;
- Its implementation; and
- Evidence of its effectiveness.
Conclusions from the report were that participants report that they have learned from the program and have changed their behaviour as a result. This is borne out by clinical indicators that show their health is improving. Together these indicate the SFF program is effective in improving participants’ health.
Sustainable Farm Families Impact Evaluation
Roberts Evaluation Pty Ltd was contracted by the Department of Primary Industries in 2008 to provide an external evaluation of the Sustainable Farm Families program. A qualitative approach was taken to explore in depths the impacts the program has had on participants and to attribute how the program has created or contributed to any changes observed in the data on health outcomes.
The SFF program is also regularly evaluated through a number of different frameworks:
- On a participatory basis, through changes in clinical indicators;
- Training Competencies and changed behaviours
- Economic evaluation; and
- External evaluation