Rural Achiever of the Year

Julian Krieg, Community Educator for Wheatbelt Men’s Health (Inc), has been awarded the 2007 Rural Achiever of the Year at the Perth Royal Agricultural Show.

Julian, the former Director of Agricultural Education for the Western Australian Department of Education and Training, is now employed as a Community Educator by Wheatbelt Men’s Health Inc., a community based organisation committed to supporting families affected by the drought and other factors impacting on people in rural and regional Western Australia.

His work involves presenting interactive lectures on health, communication and suicide awareness.  He also delivers health checks (pit stop program) and a range of other activities that he takes to places where people, in particular men, meet.

The success of his program has received widespread recognition in assisting people who are dealing with difficult situations, and this year he has also presented sessions in Tasmania and Victoria as well as many of the mining areas of Western Australia where he encourages men to look after their health in all its aspects, physical, mental and spiritual.

With the drought in the northern areas of the Wheatbelt in WA he is also kept busy trying to encourage and help the farmers who are in need of personal support and understanding.  Julian also writes a regular column for the local newspapers and he can often be heard on Regional ABC radio stations talking about men’s health and related rural issues.

Story: Sally Naughton, Support Officer - Wheatbelt Men's Health (Inc)