GPSA partners with rural health providers to give growers’ the tools they need to support their health and wellbeing.

Free online WH&S Resources

In South Australia, the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) or ‘the Act’ protects all workers, including employees, contractors, subcontractors, outworkers, apprentices and trainees, work experience students, volunteers and employers who perform work.

As South Australia's workplace health and safety regulator, SafeWork SA offers advice and education on WH&S, and enforces WH&S laws. 

SafeWork SA has partnered with GPSA and other commodity council members of Primary Producers SA, to produce free online resources tailored to help farmers understand their legal obligations.

The Farmers’ Guidebook to work health and safety has been developed to help farmers understand their legal responsibilities, as well as provide practical solutions to health and safety issues to help prevent serious or fatal injury on their properties.   

You can contact GPSA for a free printed copy or download an electronic version of the Guide here.

Further information can be sourced directly from the SA Government website: www.safework.sa.gov.au

 

ifarmwell

Growers looking for information and new tools to help cope with uncertainty can now access ifarmwell’s online wellbeing resources.
 
ifarmwell is an online tool kit to help farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day.

ifarmwell aligns with the health and wellbeing section of the SafeWork SA Farm Safety Guide by providing farmers with free, practical online tools to optimize their own wellbeing. Farmers can also use ifarmwell to help them to adhere to their duty of care to ensure the psychological health of their workers, by encouraging their workers to complete the five, short modules.

ifarmwell is specifically designed to help support people working on farms with their mental wellbeing and prepare them to successfully manage the psychological hazards of this sector (e.g. low levels of control/ high levels of uncertainty, relationships at work that often involve multiple generations of the same family). For example, it empowers farmers and farm workers to think carefully about their values, work/life balance, fatigue/sleep and lifestyle, as well as providing information about how to access specialist assistance with mental health issues if required.

GPSA has proudly sponsored ifarmwell’s latest marketing campaign to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of farmers and their workers.

This campaign has been funded by the Department for Health and Wellbeing, SA Health in partnership with Business SA and Grain Producers SA.

Start the five free, engaging modules, register and get started today, or find out more about the program here.

 

Rural health - Fat Farmers

GPSA was proud to support the Fat Farmers Rural Health Initiative in 2018 with a $15,000 funding contribution. As well as providing support for Fat Farmers teams with exercise equipment and access to trainers, the funding also allows the Fat Farmers Team Coordinators to come together to participate in an annual planning workshop where they share ideas regarding how to support local farming families to be healthy and active.

In 2019, GPSA has facilitated a $2,000 funding grant through SA Health in partnership with Business SA to enable the Fat Farmers Rural Health initiative to update and modernise their communications and resources. You can view the revamped Fat Farmers website here.

Fat Farmers started in 2010 with a small group of farmers from the Yorke Peninsula, but has since expanded to include 12 ‘teams’ in a number of regions, from the Eyre and Yorke Peninsula, Lower North, Mallee and Barossa & Light. The groups participate in local fun runs and bike rides and train together with a focus on family-friendly activities and having fun.