Farmer Wants a Healthy Life

Farmer Wants a Healthy Life Jam packed with stories from people that understand the farming life with a story to tell. From new farmers and the old hands, rural community locals, doctors and more. Listen to the Farmer Wants a Healthy Life podcast series at a time that suits you. You can also connect and be part of the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.  

What is the Farmer Wants a Healthy Life podcast series?

The Farmer Wants a Healthy Life podcast series are stories of looking after you, whilst on the farm. The choices you make can change your life; hear it from those that have done it. Hosted by Brigitte Muir.

Listened to the podcast, now what?

We want to hear from you! Jump onto the social pages to share how you live a healthy farming life, with your own stories, pictures and more. Let us know any questions the series raised for you. And find more information on topics that catch your interest. Farmer Wants a Healthy Life is about hearing stories and sharing your own. Listening and mulling over how to live a healthy farming life.

These are the places to share stories, experiences, thoughts and ideas with other farmers:  

Facebook: @FarmerWantsaHealthyLife

Twitter: @_FWAHL

Program developed by West Wimmera Health Service With the collaboration and support of representatives from:

  • Grain Producers Australia
  • Grains Research & Development
  • National Centre for Farmer Health
  • Nhill & District Young Farmers
  • Rural Outreach Program
  • Southern Mallee Landcare Network
  • Victorian Farmers Federation
  • West Wimmera Health Service Allied Health Department
  • Wimmera Hearing Society      

 

Special Edition


The Need to Know of COVID-19

In this special edition episode of Farmer Wants a Healthy Life we hear from Dr Rob Grenfell. The CSIRO Director, current public health expert, and ex-Natimuk General Practitioner, talks all things COVID-19. He shares his knowledge on COVID-19 vs. the flu, long COVID, the different variants, vaccines and much, much more. 

Hear how masks can make you like your favourite superhero and how your town could win the COVID Cup!

If you think you may have COVID you can call 1800 675 398 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Any other Victorian COVID information you may need can be found here.

 

Interested in the topic and looking for more?

Check out this for more information on various topics Dr Rob spoke about:

People with long COVID

Long term effects of COVID

COVID vaccines

 

Do you want to know more about the COVID Cup?

Check out a recent Weekly Advertiser article here.

 

Where you can get a COVID vaccine:

  • Many pharmacies in the Wimmera Mallee have COVID-19 vaccines. Pop into yours and see if you can get one there
  • Or pop you information in this Vaccine Clinic Finder to find an easy location near you.

 

What is it like having COVID-19?

Check out these videos from people that have had it:

Kim’s experience of Victorian ICU

Will’s experience of long COVID

 

Season One


AFL to Life with Depression

 

In this episode Ex-AFL star John 'Jumbo' Sudholz shares his struggle with depression on returning to the farm.  He shares the hard times he faced, and how he has learned to live with depression.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of suicide call triple (000). 
Contact Suicide Line Victoria:24/7 phone number: 1300 651 251

Online or Video chat 

If you or someone you know needs urgent help contact Lifeline:

Phone: 13 11 14 

Website: www.lifeline.org.au

If you need immediate support for depression you can contact Beyond Blue at: 

24/7 phone number: 1300 224 636 

Online Chat available 1pm-12am 7 days a weeks

Emailing - receive a response in 24 hours

Or joining an online forum.

 

Interested in the topic and looking for more?

You can find out more information about depression and how to help someone at:

Better Health Channel
National Centre for Farmer Health
Health Direct
And BeyondBlue

Check out these fact sheets on Depression, Relationships and family, and Stress

Check out the You Got This Mate Program! The program is for men living in rural Australia, and aims to helps them reach their best mental health. It provides:

• Information on mental health matters

• Stories (much like these podcasts)

• Tips to look after your mental health

• Tips to help other men


There are also some services available to people in the Wimmera, including:

• The National Centre for Farmer Health’s Online Psychology Service

• The WWHS Social Work and Welfare Department

• The Rural Outreach program which you can reach at 1300 688 732. You can also hear more about this program in the episode ‘From Footy Coach to Rural Outreach Worker’. 


The Mental Tips

In this episode we hear from Dr Alison Kennedy from the National Centre for Farmer Health. Alison shares some tips for things you can do every day to help your mental health on the farm. She also tells us about some of the things that can happen when you don’t look after your mental health.

Interested in the topic and looking for more?

The National Centre for Farmer Health has advice for specific to farmers on:

Depression
Relationships and family
Stress

You can also check out their Managing Stress on the Farm book here

Check out the You Got This Mate Program! The program is for men living in rural Australia, and aims to helps them reach their best mental health. It provides:

• Information on mental health matters

• Stories (much like these podcasts)

• Tips to look after your mental health

• Tips to help other men


III from the Animal World

In this episode we hear from ex-Natimuk GP and current CSIRO Director Dr Rob Grenfell. He shares his knowledge on diseases we can get from wild animals, as well as the domestic stock farmers deal with. He also talks about some ways you can protect yourself from these illnesses.

Interested in the topic and looking for more?
Check out these fact sheets on Handling Livestock and Animals and Diseases.

There were a range of diseases Dr Rob Grenfell mentioned in the episode. You can find more on some them below:
Ross River Fever
Hendra virus
Dengue Fever
Malaria
Murray Valley Encephalitis
Hydatid
Q-Fever
Brucellosis
Many of the infections Dr Rob talked about can also be found here.


The Pain of Ross River

In this episode local farmer Glen Burke shares his journey with Ross River Fever. He talks about what it was like at its worst and how it still affects him physically. He also discusses how having Ross River affected other parts of his life, including the impact on his family.

Interested in the topic and looking for more?

Looking for some more information about Ross River Fever? Check out the Better Health Channel and Health Direct websites, or this NSW Health fact sheet here.


From Footy Coach to Rural Outreach Worker

In this episode Mal Coutts shares how he went from footy coach to a Rural Outreach Worker, and what he does in that role. He shares his insights into farmer mental health, challenges of the farming life, and how he can help.In this episode Mal Coutts shares how he went from footy coach to a Rural Outreach Worker, and what he does in that role. He shares his insights into farmer mental health, challenges of the farming life, and how he can help.
You can reach the Rural Outreach Program (Mal or one of the other M's) at 1300 688 732. Or find more information at https://ruraloutreach.org.au 


Interested in the topic and looking for more?

Check out these fact sheets on Depression, Relationships and family, and Stress.


You can also find easy to follow checklists on managing the pressures of farming here


Check out the You Got This Mate Program! The program is for men living in rural Australia, and aims to helps them reach their best mental health. It provides:

  • Information on mental health matters
  • Stories (much like these podcasts)
  • Tips to look after your mental health
  • Tips to help other men

The Other Side of Suicide

In this episode Gurjit Sondhu shares her story of her husband’s suicide and what hindsight made her realise. She also shares her experience of coming to farming life for the first time and life as a farmer’s wife.In this episode Gurjit Sondhu shares her story of her husband’s suicide and what hindsight made her realise. She also shares her experience of coming to farming life for the first time and life as a farmer’s wife.

Contact Suicide Line Victoria:

24/7 phone number: 1300 651 251

Online or Video chat 


If you or someone you know needs urgent help contact Lifeline:

Phone: 13 11 14 

Website: www.lifeline.org.au


If you need immediate support for depression you can contact Beyond Blue at: 

24/7 phone number: 1300 224 636 

Online Chat available 1pm-12am 7 days a weeks

Emailing - receive a response in 24 hours

Or joining an online forum.


Interested in the topic and looking for more?

If you have lost someone due to suicide you can find support at Suicide Line


You can find information on suicide warning signs and how to respond at:

National Centre for Farmer Health

You Got This Mate

Better Health Channel


Go to The Ripple Effect. The program is for people affected by suicide, in rural communities.  It provides an opportunity to:

  • Tell - your insights of how suicide has affected your life
  • Share - Insights gained from the program with others
  • Read - Insights from others on suicide
  • Watch - Stories from people affected who want to stop future suicides
  • Learn - How to support others, reduce stigma and look after yourself in tough times

Suicide can occur due to a person having depression. If you wish to find out more about depression go to the Better Health Channel or Health Direct. You can also listen to our episode (John’s episode name).


Gurjit talks about how farm succession caused her family issues. You can find some information about why succession planning is important here. This is also a fact sheet available on a range of aspects to consider here. You can also find some other information on key aspects of farm succession here.


Men's Business

In this episode we hear from Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Mandy Johns. She shares her knowledge on things that increase the risk of this cancer, and how to test for it. She also shares her tale of getting into this role.
You can reach the Wimmera Cancer Centre at 5381 9169 or wimmeracancercentre@whcg.org.au.

Interested in the topic and looking for more?

Looking for some more information about prostate cancer? Check out the Health Direct and Cancer Council websites.

Do you have prostate cancer or know someone that does? Check out the Movemeber True North website. Here you will find lots of articles to inform and support you.

Mandy shared a few statistics, are you interested in finding out some more? Check out this page on Prostate Cancer in Australia.

Do you, or someone you know, currently have cancer of any kind? You may want to check out the Cancer Survivor Guide. It is a podcast series for those diagnosed with cancer, hosted by a cancer survivor. It shares a range of information on treatments and tips on how to the effects of them easier.

Mandy mentioned working with an urologist in the episode. Not sure what they do and want to know some more? Find it here.


A Prostate Journey

In this episode ex-farmer Brian Nagorcka shares his story of having prostate cancer. He discusses what made him get tested and what has happened since. He also talks about the benefits of talking to others who experience prostate cancer and how the support group he runs helps.

To get in touch with the support group go to Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Interested in the topic and looking for more?

Looking for some more information about prostate cancer? Check out the Health Direct and Cancer Council websites.

Do you have prostate cancer or know someone that does? Check out the Movember True North website. Here you will find lots of articles to inform and support you.

Brian mentioned getting a PSA test, but what is it exactly? You can find out more about it at Health Direct.

Do you, or someone you know, currently have cancer of any kind? You may want to check out the Cancer Survivor Guide. It is a podcast series for those diagnosed with cancer, hosted by a cancer survivor. It shares a range of information on treatments and tips on how to the effects of them easier.