Prof Susan Brumby



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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Translating agricultural health and medicine education across the Pacific: a United States and Australian comparison study

S Brumby, J Ruldolphi, D Rohlman, K Donham

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-12, Rural and remote health, Cairns, Qld., C1


Initial destination hospital of paediatric prehospital patients in rural Victoria.

K Kloot, S Salzman, S Kilpatrick, T Baker, S Brumby

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 205-210, Emergency medicine Australasia, Milton, Qld., C1


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

M Sajjad, K Holloway, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, P Dunning, S Brumby, R Page, D Pedler, A Sutherland, S Venkatesh, S Brennan-Olsen, L Williams, J Pasco

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


Research protocol for a digital intervention to reduce stigma among males with a personal experience of suicide in the Australian farming community

A Kennedy, V Versace, S Brumby

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1


Three decades of rural health

G Gregory, R Phillips, S Brumby

(2015), pp. 206-225, Rural and regional futures, London, Eng., B1


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

A Hogan, R Phillips, S Brumby, W Williams, C Mercer-Grant

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


Farmers' work-day noise exposure

Warwick Williams, S Brumby, A Calvano, T Hatherell, Heidi Mason, C Mercer-Grant, A Hogan

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


Farmers sun exposure, skin protection and public health campaigns

C Smit-Kroner, S Brumby

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


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

B Todd, S Brumby, A Kennedy

(2015), pp. 1-2, Proceedings of the 13th National Rural Health Conference : People, Places, Possibilities..., Darwin, Northern Territory, E1


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

J Cotton, P Lewandowski, S Brumby

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


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

A Kennedy, M Maple, K McKay, S Brumby

(2014), Rural and remote health, Australia, C1


Health Checks in the Saleyards

S Brumby, M Newell, M Atcheson

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


Training and experience of nurses in responding to alcohol misuse in rural communities

A Kennedy, D Mellor, M McCabe, L Ricciardelli, S Brumby, A Head, C Mercer-Grant

(2013), Vol. 30, pp. 332-342, Public health nursing, Hoboken, N. J., C1


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

S Brumby, A Kennedy, A Chandrasekara

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


Evaluation of an alcohol intervention training program for nurses in rural Australia

D Mellor, M McCabe, L Ricciardelli, S Brumby, A Head, C Mercer-Grant, A Kennedy

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 561-575, Journal of research in nursing, London, England, C1


Healthy ageing: farming into the twilight

M Rogers, N Barr, Z O'Callaghan, S Brumby, J Warburton

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


The effect of physical activity on psychological distress, cortisol and obesity: results of the farming fit intervention program

S Brumby, A Chandrasekara, P Kremer, S Torres, S McCoombe, P Lewandowski

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 1-15, BMC public health, London, England, C1


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

C Lunner Kolstrup, M Kallioniemi, P Lundqvist, H Kymäläinen, L Stallones, S Brumby

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


Cardiovascular risk factors and psychological distress in Australian farming communities

S Brumby, A Chandrasekara, S McCoombe, P Kremer, P Lewandowski

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 131-137, Australian journal of rural health, Richmond, Vic., C1


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

T Baker, S McCoombe, C Mercer-Grant, S Brumby

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


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

C Jennissen, J Wallace, K Donham, D Rendell, S Brumby

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


Farming fit? Dispelling the Australian agrarian myth.

S Brumby, A Chandrasekara, S McCoombe, P Kremer, P Lewandowski

(2011), Vol. 4, BMC Research Notes, London, England, C1


Reducing psychological distress and obesity in Australian farmers by promoting physical activity

S Brumby, A Chandrasekara, S McCoombe, S Torres, P Kremer, P Lewandowski

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-7, BMC Public Health, London, England, C1


The Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP) : a response to alcohol misuse in the farming community

S Brumby, A Kennedy, D Mellor, M McCabe, L Ricciardelli, A Head, C Mercer-Grant

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-6, BMC public health, London, C1


Chest pain in rural communities ; balancing decisions and distance

T Baker, S McCoombe, C Mercer-Grant, S 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

S Brumby, S Willder, J Martin

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


Intervening to improve health indicators among Australian farm families

J Blackburn, S Brumby, S Willder, R McKnight

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


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

S Brumby, A Smith

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


The Sustainable Farm Families Project : changing attittudes to health

S Brumby, S Willder, J Martin

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


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

S Brumby

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


Toward responsive community services: consumer participation in rural counselling service

R Eversole, S Brumby, E 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.

S Brumby, R Eversole, L Watt

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


The sustainable farm families project: changing farmer attitudes to health

S Brumby, J Martin, S Willder

(2006), APEN 2006 : Practice change for sustainable communities: Exploring footprints, pathways and possibilities: Proceedings of APEN International Conference, Beechworth, Vic., E1-1



Australian Competitive Grants

Sustainable Farm Families - future directions

Prof Susan Brumby, Mr Stuart Willder, Prof John Martin, Mr Matt McCarthy

RIRDC Grant - Research - Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

  • 2011: $27,035
  • 2010: $47,715
  • 2009: $115,000

Implementation and evaluation of a program to reduce alcohol and related problems among farm men and women

Prof David Mellor, Prof Marita Mc Cabe, Prof Lina Ricciardelli, Prof Susan Brumby

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1

  • 2012: $86,138
  • 2011: $82,946
  • 2010: $81,660

Shhh hearing in a farming environment

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

NHMRC Project Grant

  • 2016: $549
  • 2014: $66,025
  • 2013: $220,372
  • 2012: $264,126

Other Public Sector Funding

Implementation and evaluation of a program to reduce alcohol and related problems among farm men and women

Prof David Mellor, Prof Marita Mc Cabe, Prof Lina Ricciardelli, Prof Susan Brumby

  • 2010: $77,000

Farming Fit?: Depression and obesity in farm men and women

Prof Susan Brumby, Dr Scott Mccoombe, Dr Peter Kremer, A/Prof Paul Lewandowski

  • 2011: $49,650
  • 2010: $39,720
  • 2009: $9,930

The Ripple Effect - Reducing perceived stigma among farmers with a lived experience of suicide

Prof Susan Brumby, Dr Alison Kennedy

  • 2017: $154,072
  • 2015: $154,734

Farm-related major trauma in Victoria and both the long-term and immediate impact on recovery

Prof Daryl Pedler, Miss Meg Murray, Ms Jessica Beattie, Dr Belinda Gabbe, Prof Susan Brumby

  • 2016: $40,000

Industry and Other Funding

In-field Personalised Cholinesterase Assessment Project: A foundation for identification and informed intervention (In-field PCAP)

Prof Susan Brumby, Dr Jacquie Cotton, A/Prof John Edwards, Ms Tamara Phillips

  • 2016: $58,072


Associate Supervisor

Nicole Jeffery-Dawes

Thesis entitled: Depression, Anxiety and Metabolic Syndrome in Farm Men and Women

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology