Dr Jo River

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Biographical details

Dr Jo River is a researcher in men's health and suicide prevention. More broadly, she has research expertise in health sociology, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has developed empirically based, substantive theories of men's suicide that provide pragmatic models to inform suicide intervention and prevention programs. These include models of: i) suicidal men's help-seeking practices; ii) men's work-related suicidal distress; iii) suicidal men's emotional practice; and iv) men's suicide methods. In 2014 Dr River was invited to contribute her innovative findings to Suicide in Men, a book edited by Professor David Lester - former President of the International Association of Suicide Prevention and the American Association of Suicidology. In 2015 she was asked to speak on the issue of violence, risk taking and suicide in adolescent boys at the National Boys Health Forum at Parliament House. She is a regular presenter to Suicide Prevention Australia, the lead agency of the National Coailition for Suicide Prevention. Dr River was awarded the University Medal and Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship for her early research work in the field of men's suicide.

Dr River is also an academic member of Sydney Nursing School at The University of Sydney, where she coordinates and lectures in health sociology, including: i) Social Contexts of Health and Illness, ii) Politics of Health, iii) Illness Experience and iv) Population Health. She has a particular interest in active learning pedagogy as well as blended learning approaches, both of which she has successfully incorporated into her teaching practice. In 2015 Dr River was awarded an Educational Innovation Grant to extend this work.

Dr River is a Registered Nurse with experience working with vulnerable populations in the community.

Research interests

MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH

The relationship between emotional practice and men's suicide; men, production and suicide; men's suicide methods; men's help-seeking practices

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Future directions for suicide intervention services; understanding lived experience; mobile phone technology in suicide prevention; rural and urban suicide prevention services

HEALTH PROFFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Active learning; blending technology with active learning; health professional well-being; drama based approaches to health professional training

Teaching and supervision

Supervision Opportunities

  • men's health
  • Suicidology and suicide intervention and prevention services
  • Women's suicide practice
  • Cultural safety in multi-disciplinary healthcare teams

Please contact me on jo.river@sydney.edu.au for further information.

 

Current Supervision

Sarah McKenzie, PHD Candidate, Mental health promotion strategies for men: What can we learn from men's experiences and perspectives? Suicide and Mental Health Group, The University of Otago, Wellington

Current projects

MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH

Masculine Taboos: The relationship between emotional practice and men's suicide

Men, production and suicide

Cultral scripts? Men's suicide methods

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Future directions for suicide intervention services

Myplan Plus Practice - an enhanced program of suicide prevention in a youth mental health service integrating a Zero Suicide approach with an app-based safety plan to manage suicidal behaviour

HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Grace under pressure: A drama-based approach to health professional training

Creating a Community of Enquiry: A Blended Team-Based Learning approach to education

Associations

Membership of:

Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM)

Sydney Narrative Inquiry Research Group

Sydney Art and Health Collective (SAHC)

Awards and honours

2012 Canadian Institute of Health Research, Institute of Gender and Health Scholarship

2009 Vice Chancellors Research Scholarship

2008 University of Sydney Medal

 

GRANTS

2015 Research Seeding Grant (SNS). Integrated Medicine

2015 Education Innovation Grant, DVC (education): Creating a community of enquiry

2010 Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW. Reducing chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital.

In the media

National Boys Health Forum (2015), Parliment House: Adolescent boy's suicide

'The Myth of the Tough Bloke is Killing Teen Boys', Sunday Telegraph 31 May 2015

 

WORKSHOPS

Ivory, K. Hooker, C., Dwyer, P., Macneill, P., Berlec, S., Nash, L., River, J., Scott, K., (Sydney Arts and Health Collective) (2015- ongoing). Grace under pressure, Action research workshops. Delivered across The University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital & Orange Health Services, in collaboration with the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Keywords

Men's health; Suicide; Mental health; Cancer; Social science

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2015). Theorized Life Histories: Masculinity and Male Suicide. In Mary de Chesnay (Eds.), Nursing Research Using Life History: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing, (pp. 155-168). New York, USA: Springer Publishing Company.
  • River, J. (2014). Suicide and Hegemonic Masculinity in Australian Men. In David Lester, John F. Gunn, Paul Quinnett (Eds.), Suicide in Men: How Men Differ from Women in Expressing Their Distress, (pp. 248-261). Springfield, IL, USA: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Journals

  • River, J., Currie, J., Crawford, T., Betihavas, V., Randall, S. (2016). A systematic review examining the effectiveness of blending technology with team-based learning. Nurse Education Today, 45, 185-192. [More Information]
  • River, J. (2016). Diverse and Dynamic Interactions: A Model of Suicidal Men’s Help Seeking as It Relates to Health Services. American Journal of Men's Health, In press. [More Information]
  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2014). Dying to be a man: Towards an understanding of the relationship between masculinity and male suicidal behaviour. Journal of Mens Health, 7(3), 285-285. [More Information]
  • River, J. (2014). Expanding our understanding of suicidal men’s help-seeking practices. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 22(5), 34-34.
  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2012). Men's health policy in Australia. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 46-47. [More Information]
  • River, J. (2012). Suicidal masculinities: understanding the gendered nature of male suicide. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 49-49.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., Boughton, M., River, J. (2011). Chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital: A retrospective study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(7), 969-969. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., Boughton, M., River, J. (2010). Chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital: a retrospective study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 10.1007/s00520-010-0913-y, 1-7. [More Information]
  • River, J., Brown, L. (2008). Homeless older adults: Aging without place. Geriaction, 26(3), 5-11.

Conferences

  • Fitzpatrick, S., River, J. (2016). Making a case for the development of informal non-medical suicide intervention services. 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference, Canberra.
  • River, J. (2016). Masculine taboos: Emotions and men’s suicide. 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference, Canberra.
  • River, J. (2015). Life Stories of Suicidal Men – Understanding the relationship between health service response and suicidal men’s help seeking practices. National Suicide Prevention Conference, Hobart: Suicide Prevention Australia.
  • River, J. (2015). Life Stories of Suicidal Men. Understanding the Relationship between Health Service Response and Suicidal Men’s Help Seeking Practices. 2015 National Suicide Prevention Conference, Hobart: Suicide Prevention Australia.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fethney, J., Cox, K., River, J. (2014). Improving management of chemotherapy side effects: implications for practice. Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) & International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO): International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer 2010, Vancouver, Canada: Springer.
  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2013). Men's Health Policy: moving beyond implicit understandings. 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference: The Public Health Nursing Contribution to Primary Health Care, Galway, Ireland.
  • River, J. (2012). Dying to be Men: Exploring the Relationship between Masculinity and Male Suicidal Behaviour. Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Fitzpatrick, S., River, J., Fethney, J. (2012). The Experience of Providing Informal Support to Chemotherapy Outpatients: An Exploratory Study. 2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research 2012: Engaging People in Health Promotion & Well Being-New opportunities and challenges for qualitative research, Milan, Italy: Vita e Pensiero.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J., McLeod, J. (2010). A clinical Pathway intervention for chemotherapy outpatients: the role of community nurses. Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference 2010, Alice Springs, Australia.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., River, J. (2010). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2010, Atlanta, USA: International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2010). Dying to be a Man: Towards an Understanding of the Relationship between Masculinity and Male Suicidal Behaviour. 1st Global Conference - Suicide - A Makings Sense of: Project 2010, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2009). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) 12th Winter Congress 2009, Newcastle, Australia: Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.
  • McKenzie, H., Cox, K., Hayes, L., White, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2008). Chemotherapy Outpatients' Unplanned Presentations to Hospital: A Retrospective Study. 2008 Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Other

  • River, J. (2015), Book Review: River, J. (2015) Theories of Suicide: Past Present and Future. British Journal of Guidance Counselling, 43(2), 245-247.

2016

  • River, J., Currie, J., Crawford, T., Betihavas, V., Randall, S. (2016). A systematic review examining the effectiveness of blending technology with team-based learning. Nurse Education Today, 45, 185-192. [More Information]
  • River, J. (2016). Diverse and Dynamic Interactions: A Model of Suicidal Men’s Help Seeking as It Relates to Health Services. American Journal of Men's Health, In press. [More Information]
  • Fitzpatrick, S., River, J. (2016). Making a case for the development of informal non-medical suicide intervention services. 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference, Canberra.
  • River, J. (2016). Masculine taboos: Emotions and men’s suicide. 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference, Canberra.

2015

  • River, J. (2015), Book Review: River, J. (2015) Theories of Suicide: Past Present and Future. British Journal of Guidance Counselling, 43(2), 245-247.
  • River, J. (2015). Life Stories of Suicidal Men – Understanding the relationship between health service response and suicidal men’s help seeking practices. National Suicide Prevention Conference, Hobart: Suicide Prevention Australia.
  • River, J. (2015). Life Stories of Suicidal Men. Understanding the Relationship between Health Service Response and Suicidal Men’s Help Seeking Practices. 2015 National Suicide Prevention Conference, Hobart: Suicide Prevention Australia.
  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2015). Theorized Life Histories: Masculinity and Male Suicide. In Mary de Chesnay (Eds.), Nursing Research Using Life History: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing, (pp. 155-168). New York, USA: Springer Publishing Company.

2014

  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2014). Dying to be a man: Towards an understanding of the relationship between masculinity and male suicidal behaviour. Journal of Mens Health, 7(3), 285-285. [More Information]
  • River, J. (2014). Expanding our understanding of suicidal men’s help-seeking practices. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 22(5), 34-34.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fethney, J., Cox, K., River, J. (2014). Improving management of chemotherapy side effects: implications for practice. Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) & International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO): International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer 2010, Vancouver, Canada: Springer.
  • River, J. (2014). Suicide and Hegemonic Masculinity in Australian Men. In David Lester, John F. Gunn, Paul Quinnett (Eds.), Suicide in Men: How Men Differ from Women in Expressing Their Distress, (pp. 248-261). Springfield, IL, USA: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

2013

  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2013). Men's Health Policy: moving beyond implicit understandings. 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference: The Public Health Nursing Contribution to Primary Health Care, Galway, Ireland.

2012

  • River, J. (2012). Dying to be Men: Exploring the Relationship between Masculinity and Male Suicidal Behaviour. Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2012). Men's health policy in Australia. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 46-47. [More Information]
  • River, J. (2012). Suicidal masculinities: understanding the gendered nature of male suicide. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 49-49.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Fitzpatrick, S., River, J., Fethney, J. (2012). The Experience of Providing Informal Support to Chemotherapy Outpatients: An Exploratory Study. 2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research 2012: Engaging People in Health Promotion & Well Being-New opportunities and challenges for qualitative research, Milan, Italy: Vita e Pensiero.

2011

  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., Boughton, M., River, J. (2011). Chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital: A retrospective study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(7), 969-969. [More Information]

2010

  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J., McLeod, J. (2010). A clinical Pathway intervention for chemotherapy outpatients: the role of community nurses. Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference 2010, Alice Springs, Australia.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., Boughton, M., River, J. (2010). Chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital: a retrospective study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 10.1007/s00520-010-0913-y, 1-7. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., River, J. (2010). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2010, Atlanta, USA: International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2010). Dying to be a Man: Towards an Understanding of the Relationship between Masculinity and Male Suicidal Behaviour. 1st Global Conference - Suicide - A Makings Sense of: Project 2010, Prague, Czech Republic.

2009

  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2009). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) 12th Winter Congress 2009, Newcastle, Australia: Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.

2008

  • McKenzie, H., Cox, K., Hayes, L., White, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2008). Chemotherapy Outpatients' Unplanned Presentations to Hospital: A Retrospective Study. 2008 Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
  • River, J., Brown, L. (2008). Homeless older adults: Aging without place. Geriaction, 26(3), 5-11.

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