Dr Jo River

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Biographical details

Dr Jo River is a health sociologist, men's health and suicide prevention researcher. Dr River draws on masculinities theory to examine suicidal men's help-seeking practices, and how the dominant psychiatric framework for mental health services impacts on men's health service utilisation. She explores the link between men's emotional practices and mental health outcomes, as well as men's work-related suicidal distress. She has also developed a theory of the relationship between masculinities and men's suicide methods. Dr River's research, which draws on social theory, contributes to a critical health sociology scholarship. As a health professional, she also endeavours to translate findings from her work into practical strategies and models for mental health services. She is currently examining ways to improve suicide prevention services to young people, as well as ways of engaging men in mental health and suicide prevention services.

In recognition of her contribution to the understanding of men's suicide, in 2014 Dr River was invited to contribute 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 Coalition for Suicide Prevention. She is also a member of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM).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 has also published on challenges faced by health professionals in modern health services. As a member of the Sydney Arts and Health Collective (SAHC), she has developed a series of action research workshops to improve the mental health of health professionals. She is currently working with SAHC - with the support of the Seymour Centre - to bring greater community understanding of health professionals lives, and issues within healthcare, through the use of verbatim theatre performances.

Dr River is an academic member of Sydney Nursing School, where she teaches health sociology in the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing Programs - including health politics, social contexts of health, illness experience and population health. She is highly regarded as a health professional educator due to her strong focus on student-centred, active learning pedagogy and 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, and has been nominated by her colleagues (twice) for the Vice Chancellors Teaching Award, a nomination which was supported by the Associate Dean Academic, The Assoicate Dean of Teaching and Learning and the student cohort.

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

Stephen Kivunja, PhD Candidate, The experience of giving and receiving care in traumatic brain injury: The University of Sydney

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 AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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

Verbatim theatre: Understanding the real lives of health professionals in modern healthcare settings: Grace Under Pressure: https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/grace-under-pressure/

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

2016 Collaboration Research Scheme, "Don't eat your young": Verbatim Theatre Project.

2015 Research Seeding Grant (SNS). Integrated medicine

2015 Education Innovation Grant, DVC (education): Creating a community of enquiry - blended learning project

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

In the media

2016 The Conversation - Men's Mental Health, 22 November 2016: https://theconversation.com/men-who-want-power-over-women-likely-to-have-poorer-mental-health-study-69049#comment_1139759.

2016 The Daily, 2ser Radio. The link between male dominance and mental health. 23 November 2016: http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/26092-the-link-between-male-dominance-and-mental-health

2016 The Express Tribune: Men who are more likely to be mentally ill. 25 November 2016: www.tribune.com

2016 Grace Under Pressure: Verbatim Theatre: https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/grace-under-pressure/

2016 Melanie Pearce for the ABC. Theatre skills help doctors play the role and address workplace, 6 September 2016. Available at: bullyinghttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-31/theatre-skills-helping-doctors-address-workplace- bullying/7797522

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

2015 '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: A drama based approach to tackling mistreatment of medical students. 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

Medical sociology; Men's health; Suicide; Mental health; 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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