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HMF702 - Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Susan Brumby

Campus contact:

Susan Brumby, Director, National Centre for Farmer Health, Telephone: +61 3 5551 8460, email:





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Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Scholarships are available for this unit, please refer to the Farmer Health website


This unit addresses social, cultural and environmental factors that result in high rates of lifestyle disease, unsafe work practices and raised levels of mental illness amongst agricultural workers, their families and communities. This unit aims to improve the understanding of the diverse and intergenerational factors leading to this health imbalance by highlighting the key determinants of agricultural health and medicine both in Australia and internationally. Important agricultural topics covered in this unit include provision of safe work environment, access to health and education services, health literacy, social isolation, biosecurity, rural networks, the physical, mental and social impact of climate variability and agricultural lifestyle disease. A better knowledge of these factors will improve the effectiveness of current health, education and community interventions and promote health as a cornerstone to the sustainability and productivity of rural and remote communities.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment (2500 to 3000 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Online test (45 minutes) 20%
Assessment task 3: Cloud (online) exercises (comprising input to online discussions 10% and case studies 10%) 20%
Assessment task 4: Short answer assignment (1000 words) 20%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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