Evaluation of the Farm Health Safety Toolkit for Rural General Practices

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  • Published: 4 May 2012

  • Author(s): Boreland, Frances , Perkins, David

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Australian farmers have higher rates of death from certain cancers, and higher incidence of cardiovascular disease, suicide and avoidable injury than other Australians, but poorer access to health services due to the shortage of medical specialists in rural communities.  Rural General Practitioners are vitally important providers of a range of health services in their communities. 
The Farm Health and Safety Toolkit for Rural General Practices (the Toolkit) was developed by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (University of Sydney) at Moree to provide rural clinicians with a practical resource based on the best available evidence to help them recognise and respond to the health risks faced by farmers and farm workers.
This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Farm Health and Safety Toolkit for Rural General Practices.  It will be of interest to policy makers and health educators who educate and support rural health care providers, farming communities and the organisations that represent them.