Dr Jane Rich

Dr Jane Rich

Research Fellow

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 and the Centre for Resources Health and Safety. 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 Rich has a background in Human Geography and Public Health. For 8 years Jane 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 explored how human health and well-being is linked with the natural environment. 

Dr Rich's analytical expertise ranges 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. She 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. Dr 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 health and wellbeing. 

Dr Rich currently has a diverse and interdisciplinary workload as a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and the Centre for Resources Health and Safety. Her current research examines health and wellbeing through multiple lenses. For example, chronic disease and mental health, service access and needs in rural communities, workplace health and wellbeing, and gender. Jane has extensive grant writing experience and has presented at many conferences both nationally and internationally. 

Teaching Expertise
In addition to her academic research she enjoys teaching at the University of Newcastle. She has taught in the foundation studies programs, environment sciences, humanities and the medical program. Dr Rich is a competent and passionate early career researcher with excellent communication skills. Jane has supervised one PhD student to completion and is currently supervising one other student. 


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Human Geography
  • Mental Health
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Rural Health
  • Women's Health
  • ageing
  • workplace 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
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

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (6 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) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/currents.dis.6a4ee241c389755ad6f6f1c8688c0fb5
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Angela Booth
2015 Handley TE, Ventura AD, Browne JL, Rich J, Attia JR, Reddy P, et al., 'Suicidal ideation reported by adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes: results from Diabetes MILES-Australia.', Diabet Med, (2015)
DOI 10.1111/dme.13022
Co-authors John Attia
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
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Cassie Curryer Uon, Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
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 - 7Web of Science - 4
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 - 5Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Sarah Wright
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]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Rich J, Inder K, Harris ML, Perkins D, Byles J, 'Who cares for whom? Giving and receiving healthcare for women over 70 in remote Australian places' (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Julie Byles, Melissa Harris
2013 Harris ML, Anderson A, Rich J, Loxton D, 'Drinking alcohol during pregnancy: how do women experience information delivery?' (2013)
Co-authors Amy Anderson, Melissa Harris, Deborah Loxton
2013 Chojenta C, Anderson A, Gresham E, Harris ML, Rich J, 'Australian Longitudinal Study on Women¿s Health: insights from research higher degree students' (2013)
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Melissa Harris, Amy Anderson
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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
2010 Rich JL, 'Narratives from women in drought', 2010 National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing: "Getting the Right Skill Mix". Abstracts (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $72,000

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20162 grants / $60,500

Obesity and Mining Blueprint$34,000

Funding body: NSW Minerals Council

Funding body NSW Minerals Council
Project Team Associate Professor Carole James, Doctor Jane Rich, Professor Brian Kelly
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600937
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Mates in Mining at Glendell Mine$26,500

Funding body: Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd

Funding body Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd
Project Team Associate Professor Carole James, Professor Brian Kelly, Doctor Jane Rich
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600868
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20152 grants / $11,500

Mining and Mental Health: embedding mental health awareness and policy into industry occupational health and safety frameworks$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Carole James, Professor Brian Kelly, Doctor Jane Rich, Mr ROSS Tynan
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501135
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.45

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Access to Service Delivery for Ethnic Women of Reproductive Age in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) in Bangladesh
PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Drought and Wellbeing in Australian Rural Communities: Implications for Improving Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Drought
PhD (Environmental Sc), 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
PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 6
United Kingdom 1
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Dr Jane Rich

Positions

Research Fellow
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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