Farmers In Need
The central source of information for programs, initiatives and events available for dairy farmers and their communities. www.dairyfarmercentral.com.au
Please vist the GippsDairy website, this site is kept up to date regularly.
Regional Development Victoria
Please visit their website.
The Leongatha Rural Financial Counselling Service provides financial counselling to farmers experiencing hardship. They can assist with applications and guidance to accessing the Farm Household Allowance or Concessional Loans.
Both rural financial counsellors below can provide assistance for a range of situations including the milk price and budgeting:
Phone: 5662 2566
Fax: 5662 4036
Health & Wellbeing
ACSO Connect provides an Intake and Assessment Service across regional Victoria referring people experiencing mental health, alcohol and drugs issues to a range of community based treatment programs.
Call 136 186 or visit: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/drought
For Australian Government’s support services available to farmers and rural communities (e.g. Farm Household Allowance).
Farmer Assistance Hotline: 132 316
Look over the farm gate website offers community events & activities that bring people together.
National Centre for Farmer Health offer workshops to improve the health, safety & well-being of farm men & women, farm workers, their families & communities across Australia. Call 5551 8533
Salvation Army Leongatha located at 2 Long Street offers food parcels and vouchers to assist those who find themselves in difficult circumstances. Please call 5662 6400 to make an appointment: Tuesday 10am to 3pm and Friday 10am to 1pm.
Foodbank Victoria distributes meals to individuals & families across regional, rural & metro areas of Victoria, helping to feed over 100,000 Victorians each month. Call 9362 8300
Kindergarten Support - A Dairy Kindergarten Fee Subsidy is available through the Victorian Government to allow dairy farming families to access free or low cost kindergarten for 15hours a week.
Camps, sports and excursion fund - The Victorian Government funding initiative to provide school age children the opporunity to participate in school trips and sporting activities.
Local Service Providers
Mental Health Triage – Gippsland wide – 24/7 Crisis Support & Referral: 1300 363 322
Latrobe Regional Hospital - Dairy Farmer Mental Health: 5624 3600 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latrobe Regional Hospital South/West Community Mental Health Service – Korumburra: 5658 1501 AH: 1300 363 322
South Gippsland Community Mental Health Services – Wonthaggi: 5671 4500 AH: 1300 363 322
South Gippsland Hospital - Foster: 5683 9777
Gippsland Southern Health Service - Leongatha Hospital: 5667 5555
Continuing Business Relationships
Businesses looking to provide their staff with support training to enable working relationships with farmers going through difficult times can engage professional training providers. Topics including Managing Mental Health in the Workplace, Conflict Management and Customer Service can be covered or a more tailored workshop can be arranged. Organisations such as Lifeworks or Halpin can assist.
Other Service Providers
Lifeline - 13 11 14
BeyondBlue - 1300 22 4636
An online mental health self-assessment tool is available via Beyond Blue at https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety-and-depression-checklist-k10
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978
The Department of Human Services also provides a Farm Household Assistance Package for eligible farmers. You can check your eligibility and how to claim at the Department of Human Services website.
For concessions designed to assist & improve the affordability of essential services visit: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/concessions
It is important to remember that we are all here to support one another during this time. Calling in and talking to those who you may know that are experiencing hardship can help them through a difficult time.
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