Director Centre For Farmer Health


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine


Off-Campus (Home)


Research interests

Clinical Associate Professor Brumby has made significant contribution to research and service delivery methods for engaging farm men and women in discussion about their own health, wellbeing and safety. This is often a serious challenge for agricultural industries, farmers and rural health workers. She has led the development and implementation of the Sustainable Farm Families program since its inception in 2003 and has extended its application across a broad range of agricultural industries and community sectors across Australia. This program has been evaluated and externally evaluated and published.

Teaching interests

Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby teaches and assesses in the postgraduate Agricultural Health and Medicine course and guest lectures to Year 1 or 2 medical students. She also co-supervises PhD students.


Clinical Associate Professor Brumby has received numerous awards recognising her contribution to rural health and has attracted over $3 million in grants and service delivery funding. In 2005, she received the Department of Human Services Award for outstanding contribution to rural health, and in 2006 a Victorian Travelling Fellowship. In 2009 she was recognised with the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Career and Trade Development Award.


Clinical Associate Professor Brumby's report and recommendations from the Victorian Travelling Fellowship in 2006 was instrumental in setting up the design and five key areas for the National Centre for Farmer Health. She has trained and accredited 135 health professionals in the delivery of the program in every state. She has authored over 20 publications on farmer health, rural health and engagement and currently reviews for a number of journals related to Agromedicine and rural health. She serves on the Deakin/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance (BSW Region) Research Group and numerous advisory groups.


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Ageing, chronic disease and injury: a study in western Victoria (Australia)

Mr Amber Sajjad, Dr Kara Holloway, A/Prof Mark Kotowicz, Prof Trish Livingston, Dr Mustafa Khasraw, Dr Sharon Hakkennes, Prof Trisha Dunning, Capr Susan Brumby, Prof Richard Page, Prof Daryl Pedler, Dr Alasdair Sutherland, Prof Svetha Venkatesh, Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Dr Lana Williams, Prof Julie Pasco

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 81-86, Journal of public health research, Pavia, Italy, C1


Three decades of rural health

Gordon Gregory, Rebecca Phillips, Capr Susan Brumby

(2015), pp. 206-225, Rural and Regional Futures, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Farmers sun exposure, skin protection and public health campaigns

Christel Smit-Kroner, Capr Susan Brumby

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 602-607, Preventive medicine reports, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Higher social distress and lower psycho-social wellbeing:examining the coping capacity and health of people with hearing impairment

Dr Anthony Hogan, Capr Susan Brumby, Warwick Williams, Ms Catherine Mercer-Grant

(2015), Vol. 37, pp. 2070-2075, Disability and rehabilitation, London, Eng., C1


Cholinesterase Research Outreach Project (CROP): measuring cholinesterase activity and pesticide use in an agricultural community

Dr Jacquie Cotton, A/Prof Paul Lewandowski, Capr Susan Brumby

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-6, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1


Farmers’ work-day noise exposure

Warwick Williams, Capr Susan Brumby, Adrian Calvano, Tracey Hatherell, Heidi Mason, Cate Mercer-Grant, Dr Anthony Hogan

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 67-73, Australian journal of rural health, Weinheim, Germany, C1


Pulling people, places, pages and pathologies together through farm health

Ms Bianca Todd, Capr Susan Brumby, Ms Alison Kennedy

(2015), pp. 1-2, People, places, possibilities..., Deakin, A.C.T., E1


Suicide and accidental death in Australia’s rural farming communities: a review of the literature

Ms Alison Kennedy, Myfanwy Maple, Kathy McKay, Capr Susan Brumby

(2014), pp. -, Rural and remote health, Australia, C1


Health Checks in the Saleyards

Capr Susan Brumby, Mark Newell, Mark Atcheson

(2014), pp. 147-160, Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health, Ballarat, Victoria, B1


Alcohol consumption, obesity, and psychological distress in farming communities — an Australian study

Capr Susan Brumby, Ms Alison Kennedy, Dr Ananda Chandrasekara

(2013), Vol. 29, pp. 311-319, Journal of rural health, Hoboken, N. J., C1


Healthy ageing: farming into the twilight

Maureen Rogers, Neil Barr, Zoe O`Callaghan, Capr Susan Brumby, Jeni Warburton

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 3859-3873, Rural society journal, Maleny, Qld., C1


International perspectives on psychosocial working conditions, mental health, and stress of dairy farm operators

Christina Lunner Kolstrup, Marja Kallioniemi, Peter Lundqvist, Riitta Kymalainen, Lorann Stallones, Capr Susan Brumby

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 244-255, Journal of Agromedicine, London, Eng., C1-1


Unintentional needlestick injuries in livestock production : a case series and review

Charles Jennissen, Jamie Wallace, Kelley Donham, Mr David Rendell, Capr Susan Brumby

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 58-71, Journal of agromedicine, London, England, C1


Farmers with acute chest pain are uncertain how and when to seek help : A pilot study

A/Prof Tim Baker, Dr Scott Mccoombe, Ms Catherine Mercer-Grant, Capr Susan Brumby

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 1-9, Emergency medicine Australasia, Richmond, Vic., C1


Chest pain in rural communities ; balancing decisions and distance

A/Prof Tim Baker, Dr Scott Mccoombe, Ms Catherine Mercer-Grant, Capr Susan Brumby

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 337-345, Emergency medicine Australasia, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Milking their health for all its worth? Improving the health of farming families through facilitated learning

Capr Susan Brumby, Mr Stuart Willder, Prof John Martin

(2010), Vol. 6, pp. 1-10, Extension farming systems journal, Orange, N.S.W., C1


Cardio, climate, coping and crops : connecting conditions in farming communities

Capr Susan Brumby

(2009), pp. 201-222, Climate change in regional Australia : social learning and adaptation, Ballarat, Vic., B1-1


The Sustainable Farm Families Project : changing attittudes to health

Capr Susan Brumby, Mr Stuart Willder, Prof John Martin

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1-11, Rural and remote health, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1


Train the trainer model : implications for health professionals and farm family health in Australia

Capr Susan Brumby, Prof Andrew Smith

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 112-118, Journal of agromedicine, London, England, C1-1


Intervening to improve health indicators among Australian farm families

Justin Blackburn, Capr Susan Brumby, Mr Stuart Willder, Robert McKnight

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 345-356, Journal of agromedicine, London, England, C1


Toward responsive community services: consumer participation in rural counselling service

Robyn Eversole, Capr Susan Brumby, Evelyn Jack

(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 15-22, Rural social work and community practice, Mt. Helen, Vic., C1-1


Rural youth and multimedia: an interagency approach.

Capr Susan Brumby, Robyn Eversole, Leanne Watt

(2007), Vol. 26, pp. 29-36, Youth studies Australia, Hobart, Tas., C1-1


The sustainable farm families project: changing farmer attitudes to health

Capr Susan Brumby, Prof John Martin, Mr Stuart Willder

(2006), pp. -, APEN International Conference ( 2006 : Beechworth Vic.), Gosford, N.S.W., E1-1