Agfest picture opportunity.

03 May 2016

It’s been a tough year for many Tasmanian farmers. The big dry has taken its toll in both a monetary, physical and mental sense.

At the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association we know that farmers like to think that they’re pretty tough, but we all need to take a step back to assess the situation and work out a new plan of attack sometime.

This week’s Agfest Field Days are traditionally a one-stop shop to help farmers get the job done. From stocking and financial advice, to mental and physical health tips; we’re encouraging everyone in the sector to take some time out for themselves, their farm and their families.

That’s why this year the TFGA and some of our friends are encouraging all farmers to take time to visit the crew from the National Centre for Farmer Health. Housed conveniently with their partners Rural Bank at site 113, the centre will be providing free comprehensive health checks for farmers throughout Agfest.

The assessments, conducted by registered nurses in farmer health, involve the measurement of body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels. Eyesight testing and diabetes assessment are also available.

Upon completion of the 20 minute health test, participants will receive a health passport which will include their results which they can take along to their next appointment with their local General Practitioner.

WHAT: Media pic story opportunity - TFGA CEO Peter Skillern, TFGA President Wayne Johnston, Agfest Field Days Chairwoman Kate Coad and Rural Alive and Well CEO Danial Rochford leading by example on the health checks.

WHERE: Site 113, First Avenue, Quercus Park, Agfest.

WHEN: Midday, Friday, May 6.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact TFGA Communications Manager on 0438 678 392