This project was undertaken to monitor changes to farm safety practices and behavior, and injury rates, in Victoria to support state-wide and regional programs. As similar monitoring also occurred in Queensland, there appeared to be an opportunity to compare results between two states where different approaches to farm injury prevention existed. The objective of this study was to compare the impact of differing approaches to farm injury prevention in Victoria and Queensland. The main outcomes were intended to be:
* documentation of farm injury prevention activities and approaches in Victoria and Queensland
* the determination of changes in attitudes, knowledge and practice over time
* the exploration of possible associations between changes in these parameters and exposure to farm injury prevention activities
* the determination of any differences between the major commodity groups
* the exploration of any differences in farm safety progress between the two states.
Additional outcomes were anticipated to include:
* critical information for interpreting trends in farm injury death and hospitalisation rates in Victoria * self reported non fatal farm injury data which would supplement analysis of health sector and workers compensation data in Victoria