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Rural and remote Victorian farmers report higher levels of community participation, connection and volunteering than urban communities. Connecting with others, helps reduce isolation and has been shown to improve mental health.


Farming can be very stressful at times. Extremely climatic events, market fluctuations, labor shortage and natural disaster can all contribute to stress. Social isolation and working long hours can make this hard to cope with. Use this guide to help you through these difficult times.

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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a workplace hazard as it can result in psychological and physical harm of the victim. Employees should feel safe coming to work, whether that be at an office space or on a farm, knowing that they can do their job without the threat of being harassed by a coworker or manager. Farmers should ensure all staff are aware that sexual harassment is against the law, and not tolerated in their workplaces.

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Managing the Pressures of Farming – an ACHS resource

Farmers have put this manual together with the help of researchers, rural counsellors and health workers as part of the Farm Family Business Project. It is based on information that farmers in north-west NSW have provided about the impact of common pressures they face in their farm family businesses.

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