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The Caxton Legal Centre’s longstanding publication is now available online and free of charge. It is a comprehensive user-friendly legal information website written by more than 50 Queensland experts. It offers plain-English advice about legal rights and responsibilities and where to go for further assistance. If you are experiencing legal problems this is an excellent resource.
Mental Health Resources for Rural Australians
Managing the Pressures of Farming Handbook 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. The manual aims to point to the things we can do as a business, family and by ourself to manage the pressures in farming.
- On Track aims to support the Australian community to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. There are many Australians who do not access health care services for a range of reasons such as distance and cost. Making services available online means that more people will be able to get help for their mental and physical health concerns. OnTrack offers free access to online programs, information, quizzes and advice.
- Mental Health First Aid first aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.
- Beyond Blue – Rural Portal rural people with depression face special challenges such as isolation and difficulty accessing services which is why we provide information especially targeted to people from rural and remote communities.
- Suicide Prevention Australia Position Statement on Responding to Suicide in Rural Australia.
- The Mental Health of People on Australian Farms The information contained in this booklet summarises currently available data relating to mental health issues in farmers, farm families and others in the agricultural industries in Australia.
- Headspace provides mental and health wellbeing support, information and services to young people and their families across Australia.
- Reach Out Australia provides young people with the information, help, support, advice and connections they need to manage mental health.
- Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.
- Australian Centre for Agricultural Health & Safety
- Lifeline’s Mental Health Resource Centre
- Lifeline’s Service Finder
- SANE Australia 1800 187 263
- Beyondblue 1300 22 46 36
- Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
- MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- Relationships Australia 1300 364 277
- Garnaut Review: Rural Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change
- National Rural Health Alliance – Suicide in Rural Australia Fact Sheet
- Centacare Counsellors can visit farms to provide family and relationships advice and support.
- Australian Red Cross Community Services
- St Vincent de Paul Society
- The Salvation Army
- Royal Flying Doctor Service
Agricultural Web Sites
We hope these websites will be useful for the Agricultural community.
Twitter – a website that according to Wikipedia “offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page. Tweets are publicly visible by default; however, senders can restrict message delivery to just their followers. Users may subscribe to other users’ tweets—this is known as following and subscribers are known as followers.
There are a number of Australian Agricultural companies that use twitter but do take the time to investigate the #agchatoz feed on twitter. Its a great way to connect with farmers and those that have an interest in Australian agriculture. Highly recommended.
A new twitter feed we also recommend is #RuralMH this feed deals with mental health issues for rural Australia. Follow @RuralMH.
Web sites listed below
Agriculture industry associations – You can get connected with other businesses in the agriculture industry by contacting your industry association. They often arrange events, seminars and networking opportunities where you may be able to find suppliers, make contacts, and generate new business. https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/agriculture-associations
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – This Queensland government department aims to provide an efficient, innovative, and resilient agricultural sector by managing community resources, applying science to improve production and products and leading the fight on animal and plant pests and diseasest. https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – This Federal government department aims to build a more profitable, more resilient and more sustainable agriculture sector, and to support the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. http://www.agriculture.gov.au/
Land Use and Management Information for Australia – This is an information hub to assist land managers, planners and others who need to know more about land use, land management practices and land cover data and information for Australia. http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/aclump
AgriFutures Australia (formerly Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation – RIRDC) – A research and development organisation for established industries that do not have their own Research & Development Corporation and to accelerate the establishment and expansion of new rural industries. http://www.agrifutures.com.au/
Farm Online – Agricultural & rural farm news from Fairfax Media. http://www.farmonline.com.au/
COmmunity Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES) – Suicide and self-harm continue to be major issues in rural communities throughout Australia. CORES educates community members how to be proactive to prevent somebody taking their life, or harming themselves.Visit the CORES Queensland Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CORESQueensland “You never know who you could help”
Aussie Helpers and The Buy a Bale programme
For those of you who are interested in the Buy a Bale programme the following links may be of interest to you.
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