Mental health of farmers in Southern Queensland: issues and support

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Hossain, Delwar, Eley, Rob, Coutts, Jeff and Gorman, Don. 2008. "Mental health of farmers in Southern Queensland: issues and support ." Australian Journal of Rural Health. 16 (6), pp. 343-348. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1584.2008.01013.x
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Mental health of farmers in Southern Queensland: issues and support

ERA Journal ID13436
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHossain, Delwar (Author), Eley, Rob (Author), Coutts, Jeff (Author) and Gorman, Don (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Journal Citation16 (6), pp. 343-348
Number of Pages6
Year2008
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1038-5282
1440-1584
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1584.2008.01013.x
Web Address (URL)http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118489045/home
Abstract

Objective: To inform the development of an initiative
designed to support the mental well-being of farmers in
Queensland.
Design: Interactive focus groups.
Setting: Rural and remote Queensland.
Participants: Health professionals, farmers and representatives of organisations and agencies working with
farmers.
Main outcome measures: Determination of factors
contributing to the declining mental health of rural
landholders. Content material for inclusion into mental
health first aid programs held for field officers.
Results: Key areas identified to contribute to the decline
in mental health of farmers were: increasing isolation
in its varying forms, the ongoing drought, increased
government regulations and widening of the schism
between urban and rural Australians. The issues that
affect farmers are recognised to have a ‘knock-on’ effect
on the people who interact with them. In particular,
rural support organisations are concerned for the wellbeing
of their staff, prompting some to begin to put
protocols in place to address their staff need for mental
health support. Additional mental health training of
field officers that involves awareness, recognition,
communication skills, understanding and empathy was
recognised by participants to be beneficial.
Conclusion: Training of field officers was considered to
be of benefit to the support of farmers. An understanding
of the various and diverse issues that rural landholders
face should be a fundamental component of that
training.

Keywordsfarmers; field officers; mental health; Queensland; training
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441003. Rural sociology
300202. Agricultural land management
420313. Mental health services
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Rural and Remote Area Health
J and R Coutts, Australia
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Hegney, Desley, Tuckett, Anthony, Parker, Deborah and Eley, Robert. 2010. "Workplace violence: differences in perceptions of nursing work between those exposed and those not exposed: a cross-sector analysis ." International Journal of Nursing Practice. 16 (2), pp. 188-202. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01829.x
Access to and support for continuing professional education amongst Queensland nurses: 2004 and 2007
Hegney, Desley, Tuckett, Anthony, Parker, Deborah and Eley, Robert. 2010. "Access to and support for continuing professional education amongst Queensland nurses: 2004 and 2007." Nurse Education Today. 30 (2), pp. 142-149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.015
Music therapy to manage asthma symptoms in young indigenous people in an urban setting
Eley, Robert and Norman, Michelle. 2010. "Music therapy to manage asthma symptoms in young indigenous people in an urban setting." Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. 34 (3), pp. 20-22.
Career breaks and intentions for retirement by Queensland's nurses - a sign of the times?
Eley, Robert, Parker, Deborah, Tuckett, Anthony and Hegney, Desley. 2010. "Career breaks and intentions for retirement by Queensland's nurses - a sign of the times? " Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 17 (1), pp. 38-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2009.10.004
Didgeridoos, songs and boomerangs for asthma management
Eley, Robert, Gorman, Don and Gately, Jane. 2010. "Didgeridoos, songs and boomerangs for asthma management." Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 21 (1), pp. 39-44.
How do rural GPs manage their inactive and overweight patients? A pilot study of rural GPs in Queensland
Eley, Diann and Eley, Robert. 2009. "How do rural GPs manage their inactive and overweight patients? A pilot study of rural GPs in Queensland." Australian Journal of General Practice. 38 (9), pp. 747-748.
Matching research methodology with Australian indigenous culture
Gorman, Don and Toombs, Maree. 2009. "Matching research methodology with Australian indigenous culture." Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. 33 (3), pp. 4-7.
Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers
Hossain, Delwar, Gorman, Don and Eley, Robert. 2009. "Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers ." Australasian Psychiatry. 17 (1), pp. 116-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/10398560902948365
Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers
Hossain, Delwar, Gorman, Don, Eley, Robert and Coutts, Jeff. 2009. Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Mental health first aid training for advisory and extension agents working with farmers
Gorman, Don, Hossain, Delwar, Eley, Robert and Coutts, Jeff. 2008. "Mental health first aid training for advisory and extension agents working with farmers." Cross, Wendy (ed.) Mental Health Nursing – A Broad Canvas: The Art of Mental Health Nursing in the Age of Technology and Science (2008). Melbourne, Australia 06 - 10 Oct 2008
Farm advisors' reflections on mental health first aid training
Hossain, Delwar, Gorman, Don, Eley, Robert and Coutts, Jeff. 2009. "Farm advisors' reflections on mental health first aid training." Advances in Mental Health. 8 (1).
Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate entry to USQ
Hossain, Delwar, Gorman, Don, Williams-Mozley, John and Garvey, Darlene. 2008. Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate entry to USQ . Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Acute malnutrition in Bangladeshi children: levels and determinants
Rahman, Azizur, Chowdhury, Soma and Hossain, Delwar. 2009. "Acute malnutrition in Bangladeshi children: levels and determinants." Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 21 (3), pp. 294-302. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539509335399
Nursing students' information literacy skills prior to and after information literacy instruction
Perrin, Cheryl, Hossain, Delwar and Cumming, Kaye. 2008. "Nursing students' information literacy skills prior to and after information literacy instruction ." Orr, Debbie, Danaher, Patrick Alan, Danaher, Geoff and Harreveld, R. E. (Bobby) (ed.) 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference: Reflecting on Successes and Framing Futures. Yeppoon, Australia 16 - 19 Jun 2008 Rockhampton, Australia.
Nurses' confidence and experience in using information technology
Eley, Robert, Fallon, Tony, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth and Hegney, Desley. 2008. "Nurses' confidence and experience in using information technology." Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 25 (3), pp. 23-35.
Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate their entry to university
Hossain, Delwar, Gorman, Don, Williams-Mozley, John and Garvey, Darlene. 2008. "Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate their entry to university." The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 37, pp. 9-17.
A study of council community directories and their use for information about local health services
Eley, Robert, Hossain, Delwar and Khatri, Yunus. 2007. A study of council community directories and their use for information about local health services. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Evaluation of the role of the breast care nurse at Toowoomba Base Hospital
Eley, Robert, Rogers-Clark, Cath and Knight, Christine. 2007. Evaluation of the role of the breast care nurse at Toowoomba Base Hospital . Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Didgeridoo playing and singing to support asthma management in aboriginal Australians
Eley, Robert and Gorman, Don. 2010. "Didgeridoo playing and singing to support asthma management in aboriginal Australians." Journal of Rural Health. 26 (1), pp. 100-104. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-0361.2009.00257.x
Nurses worth listening to
Hegney, Desley, Plank, Ashley, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Parker, Victoria and Eley, Robert. 2005. Nurses worth listening to. Tooowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Nurses and information technology
Hegney, Desley, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Eley, Robert, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Gilmore, Victoria and Soar, Jeffrey. 2007. Nurses and information technology. Canberra, Australia. Commonwealth of Australia.
Music therapy to manage asthma
Eley, Robert and Gorman, Don. 2008. "Music therapy to manage asthma." Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. 32 (1), pp. 9-10.
Council community directories as a source of information about local health services in rural Australia
Eley, Rob and Hossain, Delwar. 2010. "Council community directories as a source of information about local health services in rural Australia." Journal of Community Informatics. 6 (2), pp. 1-11.
Barriers to use of information and computer technology by Australia's nurses: a national survey
Eley, Robert, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth and Hegney, Desley. 2009. "Barriers to use of information and computer technology by Australia's nurses: a national survey." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 18 (8), pp. 1151-1158. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02336.x
The status of training and education in information and computer technology of Australia's nurses: a national survey
Eley, Robert, Fallon, Tony, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth and Hegney, Desley. 2008. "The status of training and education in information and computer technology of Australia's nurses: a national survey." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 17 (20), pp. 2758-2767. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02285.x
Findings from the HEI 'flip' project: application issues
Simpson, Will, Evans, Deborah, Eley, Robert and Stiles, Mark. 2003. "Findings from the HEI 'flip' project: application issues." International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education. 13 (5/6), pp. 471-482. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJCEELL.2003.004005
Informing rural and remote students about careers in health: factors influencing career decisions
Buikstra, Elizabeth, Eley, Robert M. and Hindmarsh, Natalie. 2007. "Informing rural and remote students about careers in health: factors influencing career decisions." Australian Journal of Rural Health. 15 (5), pp. 289-295. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1584.2007.00899.x
Why nurses are attracted to rural and remote practice
Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, Rogers-Clark, Cath and Gorman, Don. 2002. "Why nurses are attracted to rural and remote practice." Australian Journal of Rural Health. 10 (3), pp. 178-186.
Why nurses are resigning from rural and remote Queensland health facilities
Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, Rogers-Clark, Cath and Gorman, Don. 2002. "Why nurses are resigning from rural and remote Queensland health facilities." Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 9 (2), pp. 33-39.
Retaining rural and remote area nurses: the Queensland Australia experience
Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, Rogers-Clark, Cath and Gorman, Don. 2002. "Retaining rural and remote area nurses: the Queensland Australia experience." Journal of Nursing Administration. 32 (3), pp. 128-135.
The ILRI Graduate Fellows Programme: a case study of impact (1978-1997)
Eley, Robert, Ibrahim, Habid, Hambly, Helen, Demeke, Mulat and Smalley, Michael. 2003. "The ILRI Graduate Fellows Programme: a case study of impact (1978-1997)." Education + Training. 45 (3), pp. 162-174. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910310471028
Rural and remote health research: key issues for health providers in Southern Queensland
Eley, Robert and Baker, Peter. 2007. "Rural and remote health research: key issues for health providers in Southern Queensland." Australian Journal of Rural Health. 15 (6), pp. 368-372.
Desire of industry, products from academia - ships that pass in the night?
Eley, Robert, Williamson, Sarah and Lamb, Fiona. 2002. "Desire of industry, products from academia - ships that pass in the night? " 2002 Americal Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition (ASEE 2002). Montreal, Canada 16 - 19 Jun 2002 Washington, DC.
What problems? No problems! Disabled people studying or working within an engineering-based environment
Hopkins, Christopher and Eley, Robert. 2001. "What problems? No problems! Disabled people studying or working within an engineering-based environment." Cutler, Gavin and Pulko, Susan (ed.) Progress 1. Student Progression and Retention in Engineering (2001). Hull, United Kingdom 18 - 20 Oct 2001 Hull, UK.
Supporting semi-remote web-based learners using a peer-to-peer collaborative tool
Evans, Debbie, Simpson, Will, Low, Ian and Eley, Robert. 2002. "Supporting semi-remote web-based learners using a peer-to-peer collaborative tool." New Pattern of Learning in Higher Education (2002). London 20 - 21 Jun 2002 London, United Kingdom.
An evaluation of bereavement support in Toowoomba
Eley, Robert. 2005. An evaluation of bereavement support in Toowoomba. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Evaluation of the health careers in the Bush Health Careers Workshops 1994 - 2002
Hegney, Desley, Eley, Robert and Buikstra, Elizabeth. 2005. Evaluation of the health careers in the Bush Health Careers Workshops 1994 - 2002. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Psychological services in five South-West Queensland communities: supply and demand
Buikstra, E., Fallon, A. B. and Eley, R.. 2007. "Psychological services in five South-West Queensland communities: supply and demand." Rural and Remote Health. 7 (1), pp. 1-11.
Cultural disadvantage of nursing students
Gorman, Don. 1999. "Cultural disadvantage of nursing students." International Education-ej. 3 (4).
Aged care nursing in Queensland - the nurses' view
Eley, Robert, Hegney, Desley, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Plank, Ashley and Parker, Victoria. 2007. "Aged care nursing in Queensland - the nurses' view ." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 16 (5), pp. 860-872. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01696.x
Key issues in rural health: perspectives of health service providers in Queensland
Eley, Robert, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Gorman, Don, Fahey, Paul P., Rogers-Clark, Cath and Hegney, Desley. 2006. Key issues in rural health: perspectives of health service providers in Queensland. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Workplace violence in Queensland, Australia: the results of a comparative study
Hegney, Desley, Eley, Robert, Plank, Ashley, Buikstra, Elizabeth and Parker, Victoria. 2006. "Workplace violence in Queensland, Australia: the results of a comparative study." International Journal of Nursing Practice. 12 (4), pp. 220-231. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00571.x
Tenure, mobility and retention of nurses in Queensland, Australia: 2001 and 2004
Eley, Robert, Hegney, Desley, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Plank, Ashley and Parker, Victoria. 2007. "Tenure, mobility and retention of nurses in Queensland, Australia: 2001 and 2004 ." Journal of Nursing Management. 15 (3), pp. 285-293.
Informing rural and remote high school students about careers in health: the effect of Health Careers Workshops on course selection
Eley, Robert, Hindmarsh, Natalie and Buikstra, Elizabeth. 2007. "Informing rural and remote high school students about careers in health: the effect of Health Careers Workshops on course selection ." Australian Journal of Rural Health. 15 (1), pp. 59-64.
Young refugees talk about well-being: a qualitative analysis of refugee youth mental health from three states
Brough, Mark, Gorman, Don, Ramirez, Elvia and Westoby, Peter. 2003. "Young refugees talk about well-being: a qualitative analysis of refugee youth mental health from three states ." Australian Journal of Social Issues. 38 (2), pp. 193-208.
How young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds experience mental health: some insights for mental health nurses
Gorman, Don, Brough, Mark and Ramirez, Elvia. 2003. "How young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds experience mental health: some insights for mental health nurses." International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 12 (3), pp. 194-202.
Western medicine and Australian Indigenous healing practices
Gorman, Don, Nielsen, Anne-Maree and Best, Odette. 2006. "Western medicine and Australian Indigenous healing practices." Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. 30 (1), pp. 28-29.
Planning research in rural and remote areas
Baker, P. G., Hegney, D., Rogers-Clark, C., Fahey, P., Gorman, D. and Mitchell, G.. 2004. "Planning research in rural and remote areas." Rural and Remote Health. 4 (266), pp. 1-11.
The interface of acute and aged care: the role of the nurse in a provincial area
Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, De La Rue, Mary Beth, Gorman, Don, Martin-McDonald, Kris, Fahey, Paul and Pretty, Grace. 2003. "The interface of acute and aged care: the role of the nurse in a provincial area." Australasian Journal on Ageing. 22 (2), pp. 85-90. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2003.tb00472.x
The better living diabetes project
Pearce, Susanne, Thomas, Ann-Marie and Gorman, Don. 2005. "The better living diabetes project." Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. 29 (1), pp. 4-6.
Attitudes of Australian nurses to information technology in the workplace: A national survey
Eley, Robert, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Fallon, Tony and Hegney, Desley. 2009. "Attitudes of Australian nurses to information technology in the workplace: A national survey." CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 27 (2), pp. 114-121. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCN.0b013e318197557e