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
Research Fellow 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

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Tynan RJ, Considine R, Rich JL, Skehan J, Wiggers J, Lewin TJ, et al., 'Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian Mining Industry', BMC Health Services Research, 16 (2016)

© 2016 The Author(s).Background: The current study examined help-seeking behavior for mental health problems of employees in the mining industry. Methods: The research involved a... [more]

© 2016 The Author(s).Background: The current study examined help-seeking behavior for mental health problems of employees in the mining industry. Methods: The research involved a paper-based survey completed by a cross-section of employees from eight coalmine sites. The research aimed to investigate the frequency of contact with professional and non-professional sources of support, and to determine the socio-demographic and workplace factors associated. Results: A total of 1,457 employees participated, of which, 46.6 % of participants reported contact with support to discuss their own mental health within the preceding 12 months. Hierarchical logistic regression revealed a significant contribution of workplace variables, with job security and satisfaction with work significantly associated with help-seeking behavior. Conclusions: The results provide an insight into the help-seeking behaviour of mining employees, providing useful information to guide mental health workplace program development for the mining industry, and male-dominated industry more broadly.

DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1755-1
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Brian Kelly, Terry Lewin, Kerry Inder, John Wiggers, Carole James
2016 james C, Kelly B, Considine R, Tynan R, Skehan J, Rich JL, 'Industry partnerships in addressing mental health', Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Journal, (2016)
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Carole James
2016 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, 33 1582-1589 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/dme.13022
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors John Attia
2016 Rich J, Booth A, Rowlands A, Redd P, 'Bushfire support services and the need for evaluation: The 2013 Blue Mountains experience', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 31 8-12 (2016) [C1]

In 2013, the Blue Mountains region of NSW experienced devastating bushfires. In response, the Step By Step Blue Mountains Bushfire Support Service was established by the Ministry ... [more]

In 2013, the Blue Mountains region of NSW experienced devastating bushfires. In response, the Step By Step Blue Mountains Bushfire Support Service was established by the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services and a local Blue Mountains service, Gateway Family Support. The service was to support bushfire-affected community members through a strengthsbased and solution-focused approach. This approach has been used in other support services but limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of its use in disaster recovery. The integration of research in the early stages of disaster recovery service design may prove a valuable way to support the work of governments and service delivery organisations and is an important aspect of disaster preparedness and community wellbeing. This paper highlights the vulnerability of the Blue Mountains region to bushfire and examines the 2013 response by the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services Disaster Welfare Service (DWS) in association with Gateway Family Services. The DWS and Gateway Family Services collaborated to implement the service. This paper concludes that support services should be flexible in their response to dealing with those recovering from traumatic experiences such as bushfires. It demonstrates that evaluation of existing disaster support programs could better inform future disaster responses and services to assist communities to better cope and rebuild their lives.

Co-authors Angela Booth
2016 Kubuabola S, Rich J, Shah M, 'Gender equity: Women in academia in Fiji', Journal of Institutional Research South East Asia, 14 71-82 (2016)

© 2016, Southeast Asian Association for Institutional Research. All rights reserved.Universities in many countries are facing the challenge of recruiting and retaining high quali... [more]

© 2016, Southeast Asian Association for Institutional Research. All rights reserved.Universities in many countries are facing the challenge of recruiting and retaining high quality academics. The exit of baby boomers in the academic workforce is significant with lack of strategy to attract, support and retain women in their early career as academics and researchers. This challenge is enormous in developing countries despite democracy, academic freedom, stability, sustainable economy, and free education at higher degree research level. This paper outlines the current dilemma in Fiji in relation to the succession of women in academic roles. The paper analyses the representation of female academics at the University of the South Pacific (USP) and strongly argues the need for higher education reforms which includes strategies to provide opportunity for young females and other underrepresented groups in the academic workforce. The paper also suggests possible strategies to increase the participation of women in the academic workforce in Fiji based on current and future political environment.

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
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 - 2
Co-authors Julie Byles, Cassie Curryer Uon, 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 - 11Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
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 - 6Web of Science - 6
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]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers
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Conference (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Austin E, Kiem A, Rich JL, Perkins D, Kelly B, 'Drought, wellbeing and adaptive capacity in rural NSW' (2016)
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Brian Kelly
2016 Rich JL, Booth A, Rowlands A, Reddy P, Crestani A, Davies K, 'The Step by Step bush fire support service: evaluation of a psycho-social recovery and resilience model' (2016)
Co-authors Kate Davies, Angela Booth
2016 Austin E, Rich J, Kiem A, Perkins D, Kelly B, Rich JL, 'Rural peoples¿ concerns about climate change: findings from the Australian rural mental health study' (2016)
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Anthony Kiem
2015 Rich JL, Tynan R, Considine R, kay-lambkin F, inder K, Skehan J, et al., 'Mental Health Help Seeking in the Mining Industry' (2015)
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Frances Kaylambkin, Brian Kelly
2015 Considine R, tynan R, Inder K, skehan J, Rich JL, Perkins D, Kelly B, 'Mental Health in the mining industry: Knowledge, attitudes and help seeking' (2015)
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Kerry Inder
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
2015 Austin E, Kiem AS, Perkins D, Rich J, Kelly B, 'Spatial analysis of drought and wellbeing in rural Australia' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Anthony Kiem
2013 Harris ML, Anderson A, Rich J, Loxton D, 'Drinking alcohol during pregnancy: how do women experience information delivery?' (2013)
Co-authors Amy Anderson, Deborah Loxton, Melissa Harris
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 Melissa Harris, Catherine Chojenta, Amy Anderson
2013 Rich J, Loxton DJ, Wright S, 'Ageing in drought ¿ A longitudinal thematic analysis of older women¿s experiences of drought in Australia' (2013)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton
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 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 (2010) [E3]
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Report (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 kelly B, Considine R, Rich JL, Tynan R, Skehan J, Perkins D, et al., 'Feasibility and Acceptability of Strategies to Address Mental Health in Coal Mining in New South Wales and Queensland', Australian Coal Association Research Program, 54 (2016)
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Terry Lewin, Carole James, John Wiggers, Kerry Inder
2016 Considine R, Rich JL, Inder K, Perkins D, 'Review of Step-up and step-down Mental Health Services in New South Wales', NSW Health, 42 (2016)
Co-authors Kerry Inder
2015 Rich JL, Booth A, Reddy P, Rowlands A, 'The Step by Step Bushfire Support Service Qualitative Evaluation Report', NSW Ministry of Police and Emergency Services, 74 (2015)
Co-authors Angela Booth
2014 Riddout L, Rich JL, 'Scoping study on population ageing and its implication for human resources for health policy and planning', , prepared for the World Health Organisation Office for the Western Pacific Region, Human Capital Alliance, 50 (2014)
2014 Rich JL, Pilbeam V, Ridoutt L, Perkins D, 'and Perkins, D. (2014) Rural mental health service delivery models ¿ a literature review', prepared for Mid North Coast Local Health District, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia, 50 (2014)
2014 Heard T, Inder K, Rich JL, 'Perspectives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have attempted suicide and the people who support them ¿ A thematic analysis', National Mental Health Commission, 30 (2014)
Co-authors Kerry Inder
2011 Dobson A, Byles J, Dolja-Gore X, Fitzgerald D, Hockey R, Loxton DJ, et al., 'Rural, remote and regional differences in women¿s health: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women¿s Health', Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 134 (2011)
Co-authors Xenia Doljagore, Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles, Jenny Powers
2010 Loxton DJ, Byrne J, Rich J, Byles J, 'Prevalence and correlates of depression among Australian women: A systematic literature review, January 1999- January 2010', Beyond Blue, 100 (2010)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Rich JL, The nature of things: An Interdisciplinary Investigation Into The Experiences and Impacts of Drought For Three Generations Of Australian Women, University of Newcastle (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $256,190

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20171 grants / $123,068

An internet delivered, evidenced-based treatment program for mental health and alcohol use in contemporary veterans$123,068

Funding body: Defence Health Foundation

Funding body Defence Health Foundation
Project Team Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin, Associate Professor Carole James, Doctor Jane Rich, Shepard, John
Scheme Booster Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1600670
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20166 grants / $121,622

Needs Analysis Study - Mental Health of Port Stephens Youth$41,330

Funding body: Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY)

Funding body Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY)
Project Team Doctor Tonelle Handley, Doctor Kate Davies, Doctor Jane Rich
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601159
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

Phase 1 Baseline Data Collection at Tanami Mine$8,792

Funding body: Minerals Council of Australia

Funding body Minerals Council of Australia
Project Team Associate Professor Carole James, Doctor Jane Rich, Professor Brian Kelly
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601051
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Mates in Mining at Hunter Valley Operations$6,500

Funding body: Hunter Valley Operations Pty Ltd

Funding body Hunter Valley Operations Pty Ltd
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601259
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Mates in Mining at Mt Thorley Mine$4,500

Funding body: Warkworth Mining Linited

Funding body Warkworth Mining Linited
Project Team Associate Professor Carole James, Doctor Jane Rich
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601068
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 10
Fiji 1
United Kingdom 1
Netherlands 1
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News

Veterans mental health program receives grant

November 14, 2016

University of Newcastle (UON) researchers from the Centre for Resources Health and Safety (CRHS) have been successful in receiving a grant from the Defence Health Foundation to the value of $123,068 over two years.

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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