AgHealth Australia, (previously known as the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety or ACAHS) is based at Dubbo in central-west New South Wales. It is a leading academic unit of the University of Sydney within the School of Rural Health investigating non-intentional fatal and non-fatal incidents occurring on farms across Australia.
AgHealth Australia provides on-farm health and safety auditing services. Audits start the process of identifying gaps and assist in working towards meeting health and safety requirements. Our auditors are fully accredited with considerable experience and expertise in conducting farm health and safety audits across a wide range of commodity sectors.
Child Safety on Farms:
A recent study assessing the demographic and casual factors, plus trends in rates of fatal farm incidents involving children (<15 years) in Australia over the 2001-2019 period identified there has been essentially no change in the fatality rate (-0.009/year). Men and children aged 0-4 years were significantly more likely to be involved in these incidents. Seven agents (water bodies, quads [all‐terrain vehicles], tractors, utes, cars, motorbikes and horses), accounting for 75% of cases, with water bodies responsible for over 31% of deaths.
- Peachey K, Lower T, Rolfe M. Protecting the future: Fatal incidents on Australian farms involving children (2001-2019)
AgHealth Australia is based at Dubbo in central-west New South Wales. It is an academic unit of the University of Sydney within the Faculty of Medicine and Health and School of Rural Health.
AgHealth has been leading research in relation to injury and deaths on Australian farms for 30 years. AgHealth works with partners such as Farmsafe Australia to ensure the research conducted is turned into practical programs to assist farmers, their workers, families and the rural community. Translation of the research information has led to the development of programs of work that in conjunction with industry and relevant organisations, has contributed to major reductions in the burden of injury and poor health in rural Australia.