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Seminar on Promoting Farmer Health

Professor Susan Brumby, Director of the Australian Centre for Farmer Health, will provide a seminar on her work on an upcoming visit to Ireland.  The public seminar will take place at the Teagasc, Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow on Tuesday, 23rd May from 3.30 pm to 5pm.

Dr John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, in welcoming Professor Brumby’s visit to Ireland, said that Health Promotion among farmers in Ireland is strongly warranted.  Recent Irish studies have indicated that famers’, as an occupational group, have higher levels of premature mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer and injury than for other occupational groups. 

Teagasc plan to enter into a collaborative agreement with the Australian Centre for Farmer Health to exchange knowledge on promoting farmer’s health.  Dr McNamara said that in Ireland we have a lot to learn from the work of Professor Brumby and her colleagues in Australia. 

The seminar will also be addressed by Dr Noel Richardson, Director for the Centre for Men’s Health, Institute of Technology Carlow.  Teagasc and IT Carlow plan to commence a four-year PhD Walsh Fellowship study aimed at promoting Farmer Health improvement later in 2017.  The study will also involve staff from the Schools of Agriculture and Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science at UCD.

The Seminar on Tuesday is open to the public and is free of charge.  Booking is required; please contact Dr John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist at: john.g.mcnamara@teagasc.ie