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What is “Look over the farm gate”?

‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ was developed in 2015 in response to the drought impacting Northwest Victoria, and was extended in 2016 to areas affected by the dairy crisis to address mental health issues and increase the capacity of rural communities to support one another. Through a collaborative effort, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria partnered with Victorian Farmers Federation, National Centre for Farmer Health, Country Women’s Association and the Country Fire Authority to support communities in Northwest Victoria and those impacted by the dairy crisis.

Look Over the Farm Gate was initiated to support rural communities that were impacted by drought and financial crisis. The aim of the initiative was to increase mental health awareness, support rural communities in building resilience and encourage local action to look out for one another.

Following an evaluation of the program in 2017 that demonstrated ongoing need for the initiative, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Victoria will be continuing the program, and expanding it to reach Victoria wide.

‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ is a call to action for rural communities to look out for one another, promote social inclusion, create awareness about mental health; and reduce the impact it has on rural communities.

In 2017-2018 small grants will be available for community groups to apply for to host events in their community that address mental health. A range of resources have been developed to support events and promote important message to support mental health.