Agricultural health and medicine


Gain the specialist knowledge and skills to care for people in rural areas living with physical and mental health issues. As a graduate you'll be empowered to improve and genuinely make a difference to agricultural workforces and communities.

Get work-ready

Prepare to stand out from the crowd after completing the only course of its kind in Australia. You'll develop the academic, practical and research skills to work in a range of career paths. The interdisciplinary and hands-on nature of agricultural health and medicine will highlight what is needed to improve all factors of health in farming communities both in Australia and abroad.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Career opportunities

Ready to leave the rat-race and embrace the country life? We think you'll find this course a breath of fresh air. Become the 'go-to' staff member in any regional health setting through a range of career pathways, including:

  • agricultural productivity
  • health management
  • health promotion
  • health service provision
  • rural policy
  • rural research
  • sustainability.

Gain a competitive edge in your health career

Thanks to this course, when you apply for jobs in rural areas (from medicine or nursing through to vet science), you'll have the specialist skills to care for people living in country areas. Plus, you can complete this course in just 12 months.

Research with us

Because it's the only course of its kind in Australia, agricultural health and medicine is an area that's ripe for innovative research. Whether you go on to complete a postgraduate, postdoctoral or masters by research degree in this field, our regional clinical partnerships put you in the perfect position for ground-breaking collaboration.

Learn more about researching with us

Our accreditations

Our course in Agricultural Health and Medicine is recognised by Agrisafe Australia and allows you to become an Agrisafe practitioner.

The course also offers continuing education and professional development with organisations such as the:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Australian Veterinary Association
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Study with the National Centre for Farmer Health

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) are excited to welcome students to their team for placement, research or clinical training.

Students at the NCFH gain specialised field knowledge on specific aspects of health, wellbeing and safety of farmers.

Hands-on training for conducting research in the areas of farm and rural health is a key component of the student experience at the centre.

Learn more about the NCFH

Addressing rural health

Commencing in Trimester 1 (Feb - Jul 2020), the Agricultural Health and Medicine (HMF701) unit is a 12-week online (including 1 week residential) professional training and postgraduate unit offered by the School of Medicine at Deakin University and the National Centre for Farmer Health.

This unit aims to address the health, wellbeing and safety concerns that are commonly encountered by the agricultural workforce in rural and remote Australia. The poor physical and behavioural health of rural Australians is well established. This will improve understanding of the common causes of disease, mental illness and work related injury that adversely affect the health and well-being of the human resource in agricultural industries, including obesity and diabetes, cancers, zoonotic infections, physical trauma, behavioural health, addiction and agricultural safety. Increasing knowledge of these factors will improve the effectiveness of current strategies aimed at improving the health outcomes of farming communities and the agricultural workforce.

Learn more about the Agricultural Health and Medicine (HMF701) unit

Deakin alumni – get a head start with your postgraduate fees

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees through our Deakin alumni postgraduate bursary. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about Deakin's alumni postgraduate bursary

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