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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111714Mental Health40
160804Rural Sociology30
170105Gender Psychology30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
25/05/2015 - 24/05/2016Postdoctoral Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
23/02/2015 - 2/04/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
29/08/2014 - 30/06/2016Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Australia
15/12/2012 - 16/12/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
25/07/2011 - 9/12/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2004 - Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
DOI10.1186/1756-0500-6-424
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Deborah Loxton
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]
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0068832Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
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]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsSarah Wright, Deborah Loxton
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-authorsJenny Powers, 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]
Co-authorsCatherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
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

Summary

Number of grants1
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Jane Rich
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2016
GNoG1500449
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Factors and Measures that Overcome Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Women of Courage: Comprehensive Court Preparation and Support for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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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

Emailjane.rich@newcastle.edu.au
Phone02 4042 0622
Fax(02) 4042 0044

Office

BuildingHMRI
LocationHMRI Level 4 Public Health

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