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Climate change affecting mental health of WA farmers

Western Australia’s wheat farmers are suffering from depression and anxiety linked to long-term impacts of climate change, according to research by Murdoch University in Perth.

Murdoch psychology researcher Neville Ellis interviewed 22 farmers living near Newdegate, a wheatbelt town 400km south-east of Perth with a population of around 440 people.

The two-year study found farmers had lost confidence in their ability to manage their properties because of unpredictable weather patterns.  

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