Prof Susan Brumby

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Position

Director Centre For Farmer Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Off-Campus (Home)

Contact

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.

Awards

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.

Projects

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.

Publications

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2019

A pest to mental health? Exploring the link between exposure to agrichemicals in farmers and mental health

Khan Nufail, Alison Kennedy, Jacqueline Cotton, Susan Brumby

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 1-20, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Development and evaluation of e-mental health interventions to reduce stigmatization of suicidality - a study protocol

Mareike Dreier, Julia Ludwig, Martin Hrter, Olaf von dem Knesebeck, Johanna Baumgardt, Thomas Bock, Jrg Dirmaier, Alison Kennedy, Susan Brumby, Sarah Liebherz

(2019), Vol. 19, BMC psychiatry, London, Eng., C1

journal

Association between area-level socioeconomic status, accessibility and diabetes-related hospitalisations: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Western Victoria, Australia

Muhammad Sajjad, Kara Holloway-Kew, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Mark Kotowicz, Lelia de Abreu, Patricia Livingston, Mustafa Khasraw, Sharon Hakkennes, Trisha Dunning, Susan Brumby, Richard Page, Alasdair Sutherland, Svetha Venkatesh, Lana Williams, Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Julie Pasco

(2019), Vol. 9, pp. 1-9, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

journal

Suicide and accidental death for Australia's farming families: how context influences individual response

A Kennedy, M Maple, K McKay, S Brumby

(2019), pp. 1-19, OMEGA - journal of death and dying, London, Eng., C1

journal

Revision joint replacement surgeries of the hip and knee across geographic region and socioeconomic status in the western region of Victoria: a cross-sectional multilevel analysis of registry data

S Brennan-Olsen, S Vogrin, S Graves, K Holloway-Kew, R Page, M Sajjad, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, T Dunning, S Brumby, A Sutherland, J Talevski, D Green, T Kelly, L Williams, J Pasco

(2019), Vol. 20, BMC musculoskeletal disorders, London, Eng., C1

journal

Mapping cancer incidence across Western Victoria: The association with age, accessibility, and socioeconomic status among men and women

S Cowdery, M Sajjad, K Holloway-Kew, M Mohebbi, L Williams, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, T Dunning, S Brumby, R Page, A Sutherland, S Brennan-Olsen, M Berk, D Campbell, J Pasco

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 1-10, BMC cancer, London, Eng., C1

journal
2018

Chronic disease and health risk behaviors among rural agricultural workforce in Queensland

J Pinidiyapathirage, M O'Shannessy, J Harte, S Brumby, S Kitchener

(2018), Vol. 23, pp. 32-39, Journal of agromedicine, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

The epidemiology of hip fractures across western Victoria, Australia

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

(2018), Vol. 108, pp. 1-9, Bone, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Cholinesterase research outreach project (CROP): point of care cholinesterase measurement in an Australian agricultural community

Jacqueline Cotton, John Edwards, Muhammad Rahman, Susan Brumby

(2018), Vol. 17, pp. 1-11, Environmental health, London, Eng., C1

journal

What happens to the farm? Australian farmers' experiences after a serious farm injury

J Beattie, M Murray, C McLeod, D Pedler, B Gabbe, S Brumby

(2018), Vol. 23, pp. 134-143, Journal of agromedicine, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Online assessment of suicide stigma, literacy and effect in Australia's rural farming community

Alison Kennedy, Susan Brumby, Vincent Versace, Tristan Brumby-Rendell

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-12, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal
2017

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

journal

Geographic region, socioeconomic position and the utilisation of primary total joint replacement for hip or knee osteoarthritis across western Victoria: a cross-sectional multilevel study of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry

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

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-97-7-97, Archives of osteoporosis, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal
2016

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

journal

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

journal

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

journal
2015

Three decades of rural health

G Gregory, R Phillips, S Brumby

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

chapter

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

journal

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

journal

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

journal

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

conference

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

journal
2014

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

A Kennedy, M Maple, K McKay, S Brumby

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 2517-, Rural and remote health, C1

journal

Health Checks in the Saleyards

S Brumby, M Newell, M Atcheson

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

chapter
2013

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

journal

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, C1

journal

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

journal

Healthy ageing: Farming into the twilight

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

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 251-262, Rural Society, C1

journal

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, BMC Public Health, C1

journal

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

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

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

journal
2012

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, C1

journal
2011

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

journal

Farming fit? Dispelling the Australian agrarian myth

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

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

journal

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, BMC Public Health, C1

journal

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, BMC Public Health, C1

journal

Chest pain in rural communities; balancing decisions and distance

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

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 337-345, EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, C1-1

journal

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., C1-1

journal
2010

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

journal
2009

The sustainable farm families project: changing attitudes to health.

S Brumby, S Willder, J Martin

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1012-, Rural and remote health, E1-1

conference

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

journal

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

journal

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

journal

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

chapter
2007

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

journal

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

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

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

Developing industry human capital through health, wellbeing, safety and resilience

Dr Tanya King, Prof Susan Brumby

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

  • 2018: $46,390
  • 2017: $41,780
  • 2016: $42,780

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 Ananda Chandrasekara, Dr Scott McCoombe, Dr Peter Kremer, A/Prof Paul Lewandowski

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

Industry and Other Funding

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

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

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

Development and evaluation of e-mental health interventions to reduce stigmatization of suicidality.

Prof Susan Brumby, Dr Alison Kennedy

  • 2018: $30,653

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2019

Kathryn Louise Kloot

Thesis entitled: Rural paramedic choice of destination hospital for paediatric patients

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine

Associate Supervisor
2013

Nicole Jeffery-Dawes

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

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology