Dr Donna Read
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
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Donna is a Research Associate at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health. Donna brings to this role many, many years of diverse research experience working in the university, health and private sectors.
Donna's interest in research and health related matters developed from her initial training and work in medical microbiology and immunology. Since those early days, Donna's career path has taken several twists and turns. No one could have predicted that she would end up where she is today. Donna has been involved in research in the areas of mental health, sociology, microbiology, agricultural ecology, economics, business and tertiary education. Still she has done good.
Donna’s expanding range of interests is reflected in her PhD research in which she explored the agency of women with children around their childbearing. This research came out of her interest in women’s wellbeing and the social policies that shape their lives and affect their wellbeing. It also fostered a mounting fascination with issues of identity in general, and the interrelationship between self and social determination. Donna lives by three core principles: no one gets younger so keep moving; no experience is ever wasted so get out there; levity is always, at least part, of the solution; and always be prepared to challenge expectations.Research Expertise
Donna’s major research strengths are in qualitative research and conducting literature reviews. Donna’s work and PhD have enabled her to develop skills in writing academic manuscripts, and grant and ethics applications; recruiting, arranging and conducting face-to-face semi-structured interviews and focus groups; analysing qualitative (using NVivosoftware program for data management) and quantitative data (using Excel and SPSS); project organisation (including planning, budgeting and reporting); and finding the fun.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
- Graduate Certificate in Management Communication, TAFE (NSW)
- gender identity
Fields of Research
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|Research Associate||University of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Book (2 outputs)
Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 347 (2012)
Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 347 (2012)
Chapter (2 outputs)
Simpson M, Read DMY, Gurr GM, 'Application of Chemical Cues in Arthropod Pest Management for Organic Crops', Chemical Ecology of Insect Parasitoids 266-281 (2013)
Pest management is a major aspect in organic farming and remains a challenging task. The use of herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) as chemical cues for arthropod pest manag... [more]
Pest management is a major aspect in organic farming and remains a challenging task. The use of herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) as chemical cues for arthropod pest management appears to be set to make a significant contribution to future organic agriculture systems. HIPVs have been tested widely in a range of crop species and on several continents, with promising results. This chapter first reviews the current knowledge about HIPVs for field use, and then looks at arthropod pest management strategies currently used in organic systems. Finally, the chapter looks at the opportunities for the extended application of HIPVs and related technologies involving chemical cues in organic agriculture. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Gurr GM, Wratten SD, Snyder WE, Read DMY, 'Conclusion: Biodiversity as an Asset rather than a Burden', Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK 329-339 (2012)
Journal article (17 outputs)
Maddox S, Read DMY, Dalton HE, Perkins DA, Powell NN, 'Developing a mobile data collection tool to manage a dispersed mental health workforce.', Rural Remote Health, 20 5616 (2020)
Read DMY, Dalton H, Booth A, Goodwin N, Hendry A, Perkins D, 'Using the Project INTEGRATE Framework in Practice in Central Coast, Australia.', International journal of integrated care, 19 1-12 (2019) [C1]
Fitzpatrick SJ, Brew BK, Read DMY, Inder KJ, Hayes A, Perkins D, 'Rethinking Suicide in Rural Australia: A Study Protocol for Examining and Applying Knowledge of the Social Determinants to Improve Prevention in Non-Indigenous Populations', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 2944-2944 (2019)
Maddox S, Read DMY, Powell NN, Caton TJ, Dalton HE, Perkins DA, 'Reorientation of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program: The value of a program logic modal', Rural and Remote Health, 19 (2019) [C1]
Dalton H, Read DMY, Booth A, Perkins D, Goodwin N, Hendry A, et al., 'Formative Evaluation of the Central Coast Integrated Care Program (CCICP), NSW Australia.', International journal of integrated care, 19 15 (2019) [C1]
Morrison M, Greig J, Waller D, McCulloch R, Read D, 'Effective communication with difficult to reach landholders', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 24 133-145 (2017) [C1]
© 2017 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. While considerable research has been undertaken to understand which communication channels are most effective at rea... [more]
© 2017 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. While considerable research has been undertaken to understand which communication channels are most effective at reaching landholders, much less research has examined which communication channels are most effective for reaching those landholder segments characterised by low program participation (i.e. ¿lifestylers¿, traditional and absentee segments). Even less research has examined what messages most effectively engage these landholders, or landholders in general. In this study, eight communications campaigns were developed with specific messages and appeals that allowed us to examine the perceptions of difficult-to-reach landholders towards rational versus emotional, inform versus persuade and individual versus community-based appeals, using a qualitative methodology. The findings indicate that landholder¿s perceptions of both rational and emotional messages depended on the congruence with segment values. Inform messages were found often to be well regarded, especially when they clarified eligibility and program benefits. Persuade messages could be effective, but this also depended on the consistency of the message with segment values. Community-based messages were often not well received, but they could be effective at reaching lifestylers.
Fletcher R, Hammond C, Faulkner D, Turner N, Shipley L, Read D, Gwynn J, 'Stayin' on Track: The feasibility of developing Internet and mobile phone-based resources to support young Aboriginal fathers', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23 329-334 (2017) [C1]
© La Trobe University 2017. Young Aboriginal fathers face social and emotional challenges in the transition to fatherhood, yet culturally appropriate support mechanisms are lackin... [more]
© La Trobe University 2017. Young Aboriginal fathers face social and emotional challenges in the transition to fatherhood, yet culturally appropriate support mechanisms are lacking. Peer mentoring to develop online- and mobile phone-based resources and support may be a viable approach to successfully engage these young men. This feasibility study engaged two trusted Aboriginal mentors and researchers to partner with one regional and two rural Aboriginal communities in New South Wales, Australia. Early in the research process, 20 young Aboriginal fathers were recruited as co-investigators. These fathers were integral in the development of web-based resources and testing of mobile phone-based text messaging and mood-tracking programs tailored to provide fathering and mental health support. Overwhelmingly positive feedback from evaluations reinforced community pride in and ownership of the outcomes. The young men's involvement was instrumental in not only developing culturally appropriate support, but also in building their capacity as role models for other fathers in the community. The positive results from this feasibility study support the adoption of participatory approaches in the development of resources for Aboriginal communities.
Morrison M, Greig J, Read DMY, Waller DS, McCulloch R, 'Communicating information to difficult-to-reach landholders: Perspectives of natural resource management communication practitioners', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 22 315-328 (2015) [C1]
© 2015 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. Landholder participation in conservation programs is vital for achieving the environmental goals of natural resource... [more]
© 2015 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. Landholder participation in conservation programs is vital for achieving the environmental goals of natural resource management organisations. However, some landholders can be difficult to reach. This article presents findings based on telephone interviews with communications practitioners within 22 Australian organisations involved with promoting national resource management. The research provides insights into how communication with difficult-to-reach landholders might be improved by investigating the perceptions and communication practices of Australian national resource management communications officers and their organisations. Overall, the results indicate that differing communication strategies were used and perceived as necessary to reach different groups of landholders. Nevertheless, while organisations used a range of communication channels, there is relatively little targeting of difficult-to-reach landholders, nor evaluation of the effectiveness of communications with difficult-to-reach landholders. We suggest that greater commitment, investment, effort and careful tailoring of channel-message combinations to landholder groups are likely to be necessary to improve communications and thereby achieve greater engagement in national resource management.
Lu ZX, Zhu PY, Gurr GM, Zheng XS, Read DMY, Heong KL, et al., 'Mechanisms for flowering plants to benefit arthropod natural enemies of insect pests: Prospects for enhanced use in agriculture', Insect Science, 21 1-12 (2014) [C1]
Reduction of noncrop habitats, intensive use of pesticides and high levels of disturbance associated with intensive crop production simplify the farming landscape and bring about ... [more]
Reduction of noncrop habitats, intensive use of pesticides and high levels of disturbance associated with intensive crop production simplify the farming landscape and bring about a sharp decline of biodiversity. This, in turn, weakens the biological control ecosystem service provided by arthropod natural enemies. Strategic use of flowering plants to enhance plant biodiversity in a well-targeted manner can provide natural enemies with food sources and shelter to improve biological control and reduce dependence on chemical pesticides. This article reviews the nutritional value of various types of plant-derived food for natural enemies, possible adverse effects on pest management, and the practical application of flowering plants in orchards, vegetables and field crops, agricultural systems where most research has taken place. Prospects for more effective use of flowering plants to maximize biological control of insect pests in agroecosystem are good but depend up on selection of optimal plant species based on information on the ecological mechanisms by which natural enemies are selectively favored over pest species. © 2012 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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Conference (14 outputs)
Dalton H, Wilson J, Read D, Booth A, Day J, Hayes A, Handley T, 'Early intervention and integration of access to health and social care for vulnerable families in schools on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia', Melbourne, Victoria (2019)
Dalton H, Perkins D, Goodwin N, Hendry A, Davies K, Read D, Handley T, 'Use of the Project Integrate Framework for situational analysis and benchmarking of progress towards care integration in the Central Coast NSW', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE (2018)
Read D, Maddox S, McEvoy L, Caton T, Smyth V, Dalton H, 'Evaluation of the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health', Hobart, Tasmania (2018)
Hunter C, Hard L, D'Netto B, Ridolfo H, Read D, 'Developing deep, widespread and sustained improvements in online learning in a Faculty of Business: An analysis of the change process', Proceedings of ASCILITE 2014 - Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (2014)
The Faculty of Business at Charles Sturt University initiated the Online Course Innovation (OCI) project in 2012. This project focuses on the transition of 280 print-based subject... [more]
The Faculty of Business at Charles Sturt University initiated the Online Course Innovation (OCI) project in 2012. This project focuses on the transition of 280 print-based subjects into quality online offerings through the mindful redesign of resources, interactions and experiences. It is led by the Associate Dean (Courses), and involves a multi-disciplinary team of educational designers, academics and divisional staff. The aim of this research project is to explore this transition to the online learning and teaching environment and identify critical organisational elements that contribute to achieving quality outcomes. Specifically, this study seeks to identify factors that support or inhibit the academic's ability to effectively design and teach quality online subjects, and the impact of leadership on the design and teaching process. Data is currently being collected from a range of institutional stakeholders involved with the project. Initial findings from the data analysis will be shared through the conference presentation.
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Report (6 outputs)
Fitzpatrick S, Read D, Dalton H, Perkins D, 'NSW Books on Prescription: Project Overview and Evaluation', Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (2018)
Fitzpatrick SJ, Read D, Dalton H, Perkins D, 'National Suicide Prevention Trial Western New South Wales: Closing Report', Western New South Wales Primary Health Network (2018)
Dalton HE, Read D, Handley T, Booth A, Davies K, Goodwin N, Hendry A, 'Central Coast Integrated Care Program: Formative Evaluation Report', Central Coast Local Health District (2018)
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Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
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20171 grants / $133,604
Funding body: Central Coast Local Health District
|Funding body||Central Coast Local Health District|
|Project Team||Professor David Perkins, Doctor Hazel Dalton, Doctor Kate Davies, Doctor Tonelle Handley, Doctor Donna Read, Mrs Angela Booth|
|Type Of Funding||C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose|