Health and social welfare
Your Local GP
If you are dealing with stressful events you might find it helpful to talk them over with your local GP who can refer you to other appropriate support people.
Telephone Counselling and Health Support Lines
Telephone counselling services respond to callers with a wide range of concerns and personal emergencies. Services include:
- NURSEONCALL on 1300 60 60 24
- Lifeline on 131 114
- Mensline on 1300 78 99 78
- BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636
- Parentline Victoria on 13 22 89
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- Family Relationship Service on 1800 050 321
- Rural Call Centre through the Farmer Assistance hotline on 132 316
National Centre for Farmer Health
The National Centre for Farmer Health is dedicated to improving the health of farmers and provides national leadership to improve the health, safety and well-being of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Australia. The Centre is a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University and is based in Hamilton.
For further information, call (03) 5551 8533.
Victorian Better Health Channel
The Department of Health and Human Services' Better Health Channel provides health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant. Some relevant fact sheets specific to rural issues include:
- Coping with stress
- Suggestions for families in crisis
- Losing the farm
- Alcohol and depression