Rural Health & Wellbeing

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

online WH&S Resources

SafeWork SA

In South Australia, the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) 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

Farmsafe Australia

Farmsafe Australia is the national entity connecting state farming organisations, peak commodity bodies, influential advocacy bodies and other groups that share a common interest in agricultural health and safety. 

GPSA is a member of Farmsafe Australia through Primary Producers SA. This membership enables GPSA further its policy work on work health and safety matters.

Farmsafe Australia Safety Induction Tool

This online tool is free and seeks to further improve the safety induction of new workers.

Workers:

  1. Workers complete their induction in discussion with the farm owner/manager
  2. A record of the induction and issues it has covered are emailed directly to the worker and the farm owner/manager – helping to simplify the record-keeping process. 

If you are a farm owner/manager and wish to modify the information included to suit your farm operation.

  1. Click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of the page
  2. Click ‘Employer Mode‘ and select the relevant drop-down boxes to start worker induction

Farmsafe Australia produces and compiles practical guides and resources to assist farmers WHS compliance practices. The resources relevant to grain growers are listed below.

GPA Training

Online Course: Workplace Safety for Farm Managers

The Workplace Safety for Farm Managers course is available on the Grain Producers Australia Training site. Designed to help a farm manager set up a workplace safety system, the course includes self-assessments to download and complete, helping to highlight areas where more work might be needed.

Lessons include:

  • Setting Up a Safe Workplace
  • Consulting
  • Managing Hazards
  • Informing, Training, and Supervising
  • Maintaining a Safe Workplace
  • Monitoring, Reviewing and Improving

You will need to purchase Silver GPA Training membership in order to subscribe to the GPA Training platform.


ifarmwell

Growers looking for information and new tools to improve their wellbeing can access ifarmwell’s online 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 optimise 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.

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.


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 allowed 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.


Family and Business Support Program (Fabs mentor program)

The Family and Business Support Program (FaBS) is a program run by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA). The FaBS mentor program provides peer support in local communities to help during difficult situations including COVID-19, drought, flood, storms, fruit fly outbreaks, bushfire and other adverse events.

FaBS mentors provide free, informal advice on what to do next.

FaBS mentors are an experienced team of regionally based professionals who will listen and help find ways to manage the situation. Team members work closely with service providers and can help connect people to services, including:

  • financial counselling
  • local health networks
  • emotional wellbeing and counselling services
  • government and non-government assistance
  • community organisations and donations.

If someone is feeling overwhelmed and doesn’t know where to start, contact a FaBS mentor.

How to contact FaBS mentors

To connect with a FaBS mentor contact the PIRSA Recovery hotline, or call a mentor directly.

PIRSA Recovery Hotline1800 931 314
Email: PIRSA.Recovery@sa.gov.au

Adelaide Hills

  • Colleen White: 0409 388 649

Barossa

  • Albert Singh: 0400 443 108

Eyre Peninsula

  • Steve Whillas: 0458 852 268

Kangaroo Island

  • Roslyn Willson: 0427 531 200
  • Tracie Heinrich: 0427 596 107

Murraylands and Riverland

  • Robyn Cain: 0411 633 085
  • John Chase: 0419 848 672
  • Brent Fletcher: 0439 409 430

Northern Adelaide Plains

  • Phuong Le: 0434 545 319
  • Albert Singh: 0400 443 108

Northern Agricultural Districts

  • Anthony North: 0409 398 435
  • Emma Scharkie: 0407 600 038
  • John White 0447 787 436
  • Judy Wilkinson 0401122049

Pastoral

  • Anne Collins: 0427 486 115
  • John White: 0447 787 436

Yorke Peninsula

  • John White: 0447 787 436