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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. 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 08/07/2014
  • Bachelor of Development Studies, University of Newcastle, 12/12/2008
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 11/12/2009

Research

Research keywords

  • Human Geography
  • Mental Health
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Rural Health
  • Women's Health

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.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111714Mental Health40
170105Gender Psychology30
160804Rural Sociology30

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • English Foundation Studies
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Human Geography

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Rich 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]
2012Rich 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]

Publications

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Journal article (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Rich 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]
2013Rich 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]
2012Rich 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]
2012Powers 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: Deborah Loxton

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Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Loxton 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]
2010Rich 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

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Research Supervision

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Dr Jane Rich

Work Phone02 4042 0622
Fax(02) 4042 0044
Email
PositionResearch Associate
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaGender Studies
Office
HMRI,
HMRI Level 4 Public Health
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/jane-rich