Dr Jane Rich

Research Associate

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (Gender Studies)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Jane Rich is a qualitative health research academic with the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health. She is a geographer with special interests in how psychosocial and environmental factors impact health and wellbeing. Ms Rich’s PhD explored women’s experiences with drought in Australia and the mental health and ageing implications of this. 

Research Expertise
Dr Jane Rich is a qualitative research academic with the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle. She has a background in Human Geography and Public Health. For the past 6 years Jane has worked on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Jane's PhD research drew on innovative methods to explore women's experiences of drought in Australia. Jane's research interests explores how human health and well-being is linked with the natural environment. Jane works in a variety of areas currently including; rural and remote mental health projects, qualitative study designs and working with students.

Ms Rich’s analytical expertise range a spectrum of qualitative methods. She has conducted Content, Thematic, Narrative and Longitudinal qualitative analyses. She has also conducted mixed methods analyses, linking both qualitative and quantitative data together for a holistic approach to research. For example, in her PhD interviews were linked with geo-coded national rain fall data. Ms Rich has advanced skills in using computer assisted software tools for qualitative analysis (Leximancer and Nvivo) as well as experience with manual processes. She has experience in conducting, interviews, focus groups and analysis with existing data sets including free-text comments from surveys. Ms Rich has extensive knowledge of qualitative methodology and appreciates theories that value people’s lived experiences and strives for a holistic and encompassing approach to examining people’s experiences. In addition to her academic research, Ms Rich is enjoys teaching at the University of Newcastle. She has taught in the Environment Sciences and Humanities. Ms Rich is a competent and passionate researcher with excellent communication skills.

Teaching Expertise
Jane has taught in the NewStep foundations studies program at the University of Newcastle as well as in the Geography department with students in environmental sustainability courses.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Development Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • English Foundation Studies
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Human Geography
  • Mental Health
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Rural Health
  • Women's Health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111714 Mental Health 40
160804 Rural Sociology 30
170105 Gender Psychology 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Australia
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2004 -  Research Associate University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

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Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Coombe J, Rich JL, Booth A, Rowlands A, Mackenzie L, Reddy P, 'Supporting Rural Australian Communities after Disaster: the Warrumbungle Bushfire Support Coordination Service', PLOS Current Disasters, Edition 1 (2015)
2013 Rich JL, Byrne JM, Curryer C, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Prevalence and correlates of depression among Australian women: A systematic literature review, January 1999- January 2010', BMC Research Notes, 6 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1756-0500-6-424
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2013 Rich JL, Chojenta C, Loxton D, 'Quality, Rigour and Usefulness of Free-Text Comments Collected by a Large Population Based Longitudinal Study - ALSWH', PLOS ONE, 8 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0068832
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2012 Rich JL, Wright SL, Loxton DJ, ''Patience, hormone replacement therapy and rain!' Women, ageing and drought in Australia: Narratives from the mid-age cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20 324-328 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Sarah Wright, Deborah Loxton
2012 Powers JR, Loxton DJ, Baker J, Rich JL, Dobson AJ, 'Empirical evidence suggests adverse climate events have not affected Australian women's health and well-being', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36 452-457 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Loxton DJ, Rich JL, Chojenta CL, 'Is there anything you would like to add?: Responses to open-ended survey questions as research data', Journal of Womens Health, Washington, DC (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2010 Rich JL, 'Narratives from women in drought', 2010 National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing: "Getting the Right Skill Mix". Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $1,500

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20151 grants / $1,500

European Conference for Social Work Research, Slovenia, 21-24 April 2015$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Jane Rich
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500449
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Factors and Measures that Overcome Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Women of Courage: Comprehensive Court Preparation and Support for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
Australia 5
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Dr Jane Rich

Positions

Research Associate
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Gender Studies

Contact Details

Email jane.rich@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 4042 0622
Fax (02) 4042 0044

Office

Building HMRI
Location HMRI Level 4 Public Health

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