School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Susan Brumby

Position: Adjunct Professor
Discipline: Nursing
Position: Director National Centre for Farmer Health


RN, RM, DipFarm Management,  Cert 1V Assessment and Learning,

GradDip Women’s Studies, MHM, PhD

Teaching areas/interests

Agricultural health and medicine

Professional associations/affiliations



International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)

International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH)

Research interests

Farming communities, pesticide exposures, health access, health literacy,

Grants and awards

2017 - 2018: Victorian Women's Trust and Buckland foundation, Dr A Kennedy, Prof Susan Brumby

2015 - 2016: Shepherd Foundation In Field PCAP, A/ Prof S Brumby, Dr J Cotton, A/Prof Edwards $59,000

2015 - 2017: Beyondblue, The Ripple Effect Project. A/Prof S Brumby & Ms Alison Kennedy $440,000

2013 - 2014: Queensland Rural Medical Education, Health and Lifestyle Assessments in Agricultural Events in rural Queensland. A/Prof S Brumby. Ms. Cate Mercer- Grant $106,863.

2012 - 2015: National Health and Medical Research Council Grant (GNT1033151)– Shhh hearing in a farming environment. ANU and National Acoustics Laboratory. CIA A/Prof S Brumby, CIB Dr. A Hogan ANU, CIC Dr. W Williams, National Acoustics Laboratory Western District Health Service. $576,000.

2012 - 2013: Cholinesterase Research Outreach Project (CROP) – Measuring organophosphate exposure in western Victorian farmers CIA A/Prof S Brumby, CIB Dr. Jacquie Cotton, Dr. Paul Lewandowski, Deakin University Research Development Funding. $14,500

2011 - 2012: General Practitioner Education and Training (GPET). Agricultural Health and Medicine Trial for rural practitioner’s in QLD CI Dr. S. Kitchener, A/Prof S Brumby, Dr. J Harte $38,000.

2011 - 2012: Arthritis Victoria Active Farming study: Improving farmers’ management of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions Dr. Mark Newell, Supervisor A/Prof S Brumby. $20,000.

2010 - 2012: Gardiner Foundation and Colac Community Enterprise SDFF Future Directions (CPD-10-017) PI A/Prof Susan Brumby and Co- investigators Prof. J Martin, La Trobe University, Dr. A Pearson, Deakin University and Ms Cate Mercer Grant, Western District Health Service. $128,000.

2009 - 2012:  Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP100100454 Prof David Mellor, Prof Marita McCabe, A/Prof Lina Ricciardelli, A/Prof Susan Brumby Implementation and evaluation of a program to reduce alcohol and related problems among farm men and women. $248,000.

2009 - 2011: Beyondblue VCOE Grant 2009/215 Farming fit? Depression and obesity in farm men and women. PI.Prof S. Brumby, Co Investigators- Dr. A Chandrasekara, Dr. S McCoombe, Dr. P Kremer & Dr. P Lewandowski. $98,000.

2009 - 2011: Collaborative Partnership for Farming and Fishing Health and Safety Project No.PRJ-003083 SFF- Future Directions. PI A/Prof S. Brumby and Co- investigators Prof. J Martin, La Trobe University, Mr. S. Willder, Western District Health Service, $198,000.


Books and chapters

Brumby, S. (2016). Australia and New Zealand. Agricultural Medicine: Rural Occupational and Environmental Health, Safety, and Prevention. K. J. Donham and A. Thelin. Iowa, USA, Wiley Blackwell: 487-493

Brumby, S., Kennedy, A., & Todd, B. (Eds.). (2014). Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health (First ed.) Maryborough, VIC: VURRN Press.

Brumby S, Newell, M & Atcheson M (2014)Health checks in the Saleyards in Brumby, S., Kennedy, A., & Todd, B. (Eds.). (2014). Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health (First ed.). Maryborough, VIC: VURRN Press.

Gregory, G., Phillips, R., & Brumby, S. (2014). Three Decades of Rural Health In A. Hogan & M. Young (Eds.), Rural and Regional Futures (pp. 206-225): Abingdon, OXON: Routledge.

Brumby, S (2009) ‘Cardio, Climate, Coping and Crops: Connecting Conditions in Farming Communities’, in Climate Change in Regional Australia, eds J. Martin, C.Winter & M.Rogers, Maryborough, VIC VURRN Press.

Journal articles

Beattie, J., McLeod, C., Murray, M., Pedler, D., Brumby, S., & Gabbe, B. (2018). What Happens to the Farm? Australian Farmers’ Experiences after a Serious Farm Injury. Journal of Agromedicine, 23(2), 134-143. doi:10.1080/1059924X.2017.1422836

Cotton, J., Edwards, J., Rahman, M. A., & Brumby, S. (2018). Cholinesterase research outreach project (CROP): point of care cholinesterase measurement in an Australian agricultural community. Environmental Health, 17(1), 31. doi:10.1186/s12940-018-0374-1

Pinidiyapathirage, J., O’Shannessy, M., Harte, J., Brumby, S., & Kitchener, S. (2017). Chronic disease and health risk behaviors among rural agricultural workforce in Queensland. Journal of Agromedicine, null-null. doi:10.1080/1059924X.2017.1387634

Brumby SA, Ruldolphi J, Rohlman D, & Donham KJ. (2017). Translating agricultural health and medicine education across the Pacific: a United States and Australian comparison study. Rural and Remote Health, 17 (3931).

Kennedy, A. J., Versace, V. L., & Brumby, S. A. (2016). Research protocol for a digital intervention to reduce stigma among males with a personal experience of suicide in the Australian farming community. BMC Public Health, 16, 1204. doi:10.1186/s12889-016-38743

M. Amber Sajjad, Kara L. Holloway, Mark A. Kotowicz, Patricia M. Livingston, Mustafa Khasraw, Sharon Hakkenes, Trisha L. Dunning, Susan Brumby, Richard S. Page, Daryl Pedler, Alasdair Sutherland, Svetha Venkatesh, Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, Lana J. Williams, Julie A. Pasco (2016) Ageing, chronic disease and injury: a study in western Victoria (Australia)

Kloot, K., Salzman, S., Kilpatrick, S., Baker, T., Brumby, S. (2016) Initial destination hospital of paediatric prehospital patients in rural Victoria Emergency Medicine Australasia (early view – online only

Smit-Kroner C, Brumby S. Farmers sun exposure, skin protection and public health campaigns: An Australian perspective. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2015 //;2:602-7.

Cotton, J, Lewandowski, P & Brumby S (2015). Cholinesterase Research Outreach Project
(CROP):  Measuring cholinesterase activity and pesticide use in an agricultural community.  
BMC Public Health 15:748

Anthony Hogan, Rebecca L Phillips, Susan A Brumby, Warwick Williams, Catherine Mercer-Grant (2015) Higher social distress and lower psycho-social wellbeing: Examining the coping capacity and health of people with hearing impairment. Disability and Rehabilitation

Williams, W., Brumby, S., Calvano, A., Hatherell, T., Mason, H., Mercer-Grant, C., & Hogan, A. (2015). Farmers’ work-day noise exposure (Victoria, Queensland, Australia). Australian Journal of Rural Health,

Brumby, S. (2014). Making Connections: The 2014 Libby Harricks Memorial Oration [Monograph] (pp. 7-34). Sydney: Deafness Forum Limited.

Kennedy, A., Maple, M., McKay, K., & Brumby, S. (2014). Suicide and accidental death in Australia’s rural farming communities: a review of the literature Rural and Remote Health (online), 14(2517).

Rogers, M., Barr, N., O'Callaghan, Z., Brumby, S., & Warburton, J. (2013). Healthy ageing: farming into the twilight. Rural Society, 3859-3873.

Brumby, S., Chandrasekara, A., Kremer, P., Torres, S., McCoombe, S., & Lewandowski, P. (2013). The effect of physical activity on psychological distress, cortisol and obesity: results of the farming fit intervention program. BMC Public Health, 13, 1018.

Lunner Kolstrup, C., Kallioniemi, M., Lundqvist, P., Kymalainen, H. R., Stallones, L., & Brumby, S. (2013). International perspectives on psychosocial working conditions, mental health, and stress of dairy farm operators. J Agromedicine,, 18(3), 244-255.

Kennedy, Alison, Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina, Brumby, Susan, Head, Alexandra and Mercer-Grant, Cate (2013) Training and Experience of Nurses Responding to Alcohol Misuse in Rural Communities, Public Health Nursing.

Brumby, Susan, Kennedy, Alison and Chandrasekara, Ananda (2013), Alcohol Consumption, Obesity, and Psychological Distress in Farming Communities - An Australian Study, Journal of Rural Health, Vol.29, no. 2, pp.1-9.

Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina A, Brumby, Susan, Head, Alexander, Mercer- Grant, Catherine, and Kennedy, Alison (2012), Evaluation of an alcohol intervention training program for nurses in rural Australia, Journal of Research in Nursing, Vol.17, no. 6.

Mercer-Grant, C., Brumby, S., Hatherell, T. & Harper, T (2011) Exploring and improving farmer health across Victoria – a response to drought, 18th International Farm Management Congress Vol.1, pp. 224-234 (refereed).

Brumby Susan, Chandrasekara Ananda, McCoombe Scott, Kremer Peter, Lewandowski Paul, 2011 Farming fit? Dispelling the Australian agrarian myth. BMC Research Notes, vol. 4, no. 89, pp 1-5.

Brumby Susan, Chandrasekara Ananda, McCoombe Scott, Torres Susan, Kremer Scott, Lewandowski Paul, 2011 Reducing psychological distress and obesity in Australian farmers by promoting physical activity BMC Public Health, vol. 11, no. 362, pp 1-7.

Brumby SA, Kennedy AJ, Mellor D, McCabe MP, Ricciardelli LA, Head A, Mercer-Grant C 2011, Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP): A response to alcohol misuse in the farming community. BMC Public Health, vol. 11, no 242, pp 1-7.

Baker Tim, McCoombe Scott, Mercer-Grant Cate, Brumby Susan, 2011, Farmers with acute chest pain are uncertain how and when to seek help: a pilot study Emergency Medicine Australasia, vol. 23, pp 337-345.

Jennissen, C., Wallace, J., Donham, K., Rendell, D & Brumby, S. (2011) Unintentional Needlestick Injuries in Livestock Production: A Case Series and Review Journal of Agromedicine,vol. 16, no. 1, pp 58-71.

Brumby, S., Willder, S & Martin J (2010) Milking their health for all its worth? Improving the health of farming families through facilitated learning, Extension Farming Systems Journal Vol. 6, no.1, pp 1-10

Brumby SA, Willder S. J, Martin J. The Sustainable Farm Families Project: changing attitudes to health. Rural and Remote Health 9 (online), 2009: 1012. Available from: PMID:1929570.

Blackburn J., Brumby S., Willder S and McKnight R (2009) Intervening to improve health indicators among Australian Farm Families, Journal of Agromedicine, 14:3, 345–356 DOI: 10.1080/10599240903041638.

Brumby, S and Smith, A (2009)' Train the Trainer' Model: Implications for Health Professionals and Farm Family Health in Australia', Journal of Agromedicine,14:2,112-118.

Published reports

Brumby, S., Williams, W., Hogan A. (2016). Shhh hearing in a farming environment. Final Report for the Department of Health and Ageing.

Brumby, S., Martin, J., & Willder, S. (2013). Sustainable Farm Families: Future directions Publication No. 11/169. Canberra: Rural Industries Research Development Corporation.

Brumby, S., Wilson, B., & Willder, S. (2008). Living Longer on the Land -Sustainable Farm Families in Broadacre Agriculture Publication No. 08/048. Canberra: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

Brumby, S., Martin, J., & Willder, S. (2008). Living Longer on the Land - Case Studies of the Sustainable Farm Families Program in the Sugar and Cotton Industries Publication No.08/049. Canberra: Rural Industries Research Development Corporation.

Boymal, J., Rogers, P., Brumby, S., & Willder, S. (2007). Living Longer on the Land; A health program that works - An economic evaluation of the Sustainable Farm Families Program Publication No. 07/094. Canberra: Rural Industries Research Development Corporation