Question time: AgForce’s new firearms survey

For Queensland’s farming community the impact of drought, financial hardship, and changing demand for agricultural commodities can be devastating.

And when it comes to physical and mental health, sometimes the resilience, self-reliance and “just get on with it” attitude can mask a desperate need for support.

AgForce strongly supports its members and others in the industry having good access to healthcare services and we work to remove any barriers, both real and perceived, to people getting the help they need.

So today we are interested in better understanding our members’ views on how the Weapons Act 1990 manages the assessment of people’s physical and mental health and how that relates to their suitability for a firearms licence.

With this understanding we can look to advocate for any needed improvements to how the Act is applied to make sure the system is not unfairly impacting on farmers and graziers.

We are asking for firearm licence holders to help us do this by filling in our survey and answering a few simple questions about firearms and health. Your answers are completely anonymous and confidential, so please be as honest as you can.

Struggling to cope with everyday life doesn’t look or feel the same for everyone. We can’t generalise how this will feel for you or what type of support you might need, but there are organisations that will listen and talk it through with you to help you get the support you need.

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

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