Farm resilience and communities

This ABARES Outlook panel discussion from 2016 looks at ways of making agriculture – and communities – more resilient in tough times.

Agricultural productivity Q&A

This ABARES Outlook session from 2014 is a Q&A format look at ways of increasing farm productivity. Panelists Craig Burns (Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation / ARLF), Ken Ash (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Peter Gooday (ABARES), Robert Henry (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation) and Ross Kingwell.

1947: A record Australian harvest gives hope to starving world

Some interesting original footage shot in NSW in 1947.

The health hazards of farming

A presentation by Dr Norman SwanFarmers in this country face significant health and occupational hazards. People who live and work on farms experience poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts – they have higher death and morbidity rates; they are over-represented in accident and injury statistics; and they suffer above average rates of premature mortality through heart disease, diabetes, cancer and suicide.

Suicide prevention in the bush

People living outside cities are at higher risk of suicide and the risk increases with remoteness.

This video by the Rural Health Education Foundation explores suicidal motivation and prevalence within rural and remote communities. It recognises the importance of early intervention.

Rural & regional families dealing with challenges after separation or divorce

If you live in a rural or remote area, spending time with your children after a separation or divorce can be a challenge.

This video from Legal Aid WA offers practical advice.

Rural medicine’s new generation

In this special Dr Wayne Swan looks at changes happening now in rural medicine.

Rural areas have always suffered from an under-supply of doctors. In the next decade many of our existing (mostly male) doctors are going to retire, making the situation worse.

A new generation of women doctors is starting to fill the gap.

Already forty percent of young doctors taking up rural general practice are female. Rural medicine is the point in the profession where the changes stemming from the presence of women will be felt first and most fully.

Produced by the Rural Health Education Foundation.

Parliament hears about RFCS benefits

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino uses her Appropriation Speech to Parliament in Canberra to tell the nation about the work of RFCS WA. Always encouraging to have you work recognised!

Precision Farming

Is this how farming will be in the (near) future? Some global authorities think so.

A farm in a building: no soil, 95% less water

This large-scale US farm uses vertical stacks of growing pallets in an old warehouse to produce over two hundred different types of leafy vegetables – and the idea is being copied in other countries.