The Dairy Farmer Wellness and Wellbeing Programme now being led by Dairy Women’s Network is in its third year and will focus on physical and emotional wellbeing, including reducing stress and fatigue, and building networks to support dairy farmers to improve their health. This programme of work is funded by the NZ dairy farmer levy through DairyNZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries through the Primary Growth Partnership.
Physical Health Pitstops continue to be run by the NZ Institute of Rural Health and are a key component of the programme. There is also an emotional wellbeing assessment, carried out by AgResearch, on offer.
These assessments provide farmers with immediate information about their health and, in many instances, have resulted in farmers taking action to reduce life-threatening conditions.