Saturday, 27 August 2016

Connect. Communicate. Care.

Please click here to go to the main World Suicide Prevention Day 

Web page

‘Connect, communicate, care’ is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day (10 Sept). These three words are at the heart of suicide prevention and complement the efforts of R U OK? Day (8 Sept) to raise public awareness about the importance of having a conversation and, most importantly, how.

The World Health Organisation estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. In Australia more than 2500 people die each year with latest figures (2014) telling us that 2,864 Australians took their own life. Research also tells us that some 65,000 think about attempting suicide each year. This tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who are impacted by or exposed to suicide and the pain it brings when… it touches our lives.

This World Suicide Prevention Day we are being urged to help create a positive ripple effect, with as many suicide prevention awareness raising events as possible being held in Australia on or around World Suicide Prevention Day. Check out the WSPD Events page to see what’s happening near you. To find out about events planned across the globe, go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) page.

Remember - if you need support, please contact one of these national helplines: 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Quad bike court case and $12 million payout: What does it mean for farmers?


The head of Primary Employers Tasmania is encouraging farmers across the country to take heed of a recent court decision about quad bikes.
In July, a Tasmanian farmer was ordered to pay $12 million in compensation to an employee who was injured during a quad bike accident.
The Supreme Court decision means the law is now more clear on what farmers are expected to do with quad bikes on farms.
Barrister and Primary Employers Tasmania president Glynn Williams said this court case meant helmets, training and bike maintenance were now crucial.
Read the full article here

(PHOTO Source: ABC Rural)

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Study on inheritance in farming/primary producer families


This study aims to increase understanding of farming family inheritance practices by exploring a broad range of issues (of which business succession is just one aspect) and by involving daughters to learn about the experiences and perspectives on this topic.

This study is being conducted using online discussion groups and will involve daughters of primary producers across Australia sharing their family inheritance experiences with other daughters. Participants will be able to take part in the online discussions at any time of the day and may contribute as much or as little as they choose.

If you are a daughter of an Australian primary producer, at least 18 years of age and would like to learn more about this study and how to take part, please go to the research project webpage at 

This project is being undertaken by Leonnie Blumson BPsych(Hons), a PhD candidate with the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia. Leonnie is a farmer's daughter.

This research project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee, 
Tel: 08 8302 3118; email:

Sunday, 14 August 2016

FREE Suicide Prevention Workshop - Townsville 21 September

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at Mercure Townsville – Woolcock St, Townsville QLD 4810 on Wednesday 21 September 2016 from 9am – 1pm. There is no charge to attend the workshop.
The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.
If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register using this link:
The training is open to community members aged over 18 years.
The outcomes
Wesley Suicide Prevention Services
  • understand risk and protective factors
  • how to identify the warning signs that someone may be at risk of suicide
  • how to ask directly about suicide intent.
  • understand what local and national support and resources are available to support a person at risk.
Mercure Townsville - Woolcock St, Townsville, QLD 4810 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Keeping you up to date with the Ripple Effect

The rural farming community continues to support the Ripple Effect with over 2,500 people visiting the website since we launched on June 30th. Our goal now is to get every visitor to register and participate in their personalised pathway through the Ripple Effect. 

Have you participated yet? Remember—the Ripple Effect begins with you! Every bit of information shared is one step closer to more effective suicide prevention in your community.

Your personal challenge!!

  • First: Register at the Ripple Effect today and participate in your personalised pathway through the website over the next couple of weeks.
  • Second: Get 5 other people you know to register and participate in the Ripple Effect. Having participated, you can explain how it works and maybe even sit with them to get them started.

It doesn't take much time to participate and can be done where and when it suits you. We need people from every state and territory to sign up. What we learn from your contributions to the Ripple Effect will enable planners, researchers and government to more fully understand the problem—and start developing ways to address it. 
It begins with you registering and participating at: