Farming families – Help needed

Researchers at the University of New England and the National Centre for Farmer Health are seeking adult members of farming families, willing to share their experience of loss through a death by external causes (suicide, accidental death, homicide and other deaths of unknown cause or intent).
The researchers, Alison Kennedy, Associate Professor Myfanwy Maple and Dr Kathy McKay from The University of New England’s Collaborative Research Network, and Associate Professor Susan Brumby from the National Centre for Farmer Health, hope to develop a framework for understanding similarly bereaved farming families in future and to help inform Government policy and procedure for use in health and community services to assist community members when a tragedy occurs.

Participation in this research will involve competing a survey questionnaire and an in-depth conversation, which will be possible via email, telephone or, where suitable, face-to-face. All participants, and any information they provide to the research project, will be treated confidentially.

Mrs Kennedy can be contacted at the National Centre for Farmer Health on (03) 5551 8587, email akenne31@myune.edu.au for more information on the project.

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