Dr Jo River
M02C - 88 Mallett Street - Building C
The University of Sydney
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Dr Jo River is a health sociologist and researcher in the area of mental health, gender and health. Her research work draws on social theory to unpack the social determinants of health, and contributes to population health and critical health sociology scholarship. Dr River also has particular interested in how the dominant biomedical framework in mental health impacts on service user engagement, and examines alternative models of care and consumer perspectives. She has a strong focus on translational research, and works with a team of researchers to implement and evaluate more humanistic approaches to mental health care, such as Open Dialogue, and to increase consumer engagement in mental health research. Additionally, Dr River is concerned with the social context of suicidal behaviour. She has used masculinities theory to examine suicidal men's help-seeking practices; the link between men's emotional practices and mental health outcomes; men's work-related suicidal distress, and the relationship between masculinities and men's suicide methods.
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 also 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 medical, nursing and allied 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 social determinants of health, health policy, population health and illness/lived experience in the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing Programs. 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.
Mental Health Services: Humanistic approaches to care such as Open Dialogue. Consumer perspectives on mental health services, increasing consumer engagment in mental health research.
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 professional education:Active learning; blending technology with active learning; health professional well-being; drama based approaches to health professional training
Fitzpatrick, S., & River, J. (2016). Beyond the medical model: Future directions for suicide intervention services. International Journal of Health Services. (Accepted)
McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fitzpatrick, S., Cox, K., River, J. (2016). ‘Shadowing’ as a management strategy for chemotherapy outpatient primary support persons. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. (Accepted)
Oh, B., Eade, T., Kneebone, A., Pavlakis, N., Clarke, S., Eslick, G., River, J.,& Black, M. (2016). Factors affecting whether or not cancer patients consider using acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine, BMJ. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2016-011115 (Accepted)
Teaching and supervision
- men's health
- Mental health - humanistic approaches to care
- Suicidology and suicide intervention and prevention services
- Women's suicide practice
- Cultural safety in multi-disciplinary healthcare teams
Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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
Latifah A. AlTameemi, PhD Candidate, EmpoweringNursing Students through Problem-based Learning: A Mixed Methods Study in Saudi Arabia: The University of Sydney
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|The experience of giving and receiving care in traumatic brain injury: a phenomenological exploration of nurses, patients and families||Stephen KIVUNJA|
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Humanist approaches to care: Open Dialogue
Consumer engagment in mental health research
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
Beyond Biomedicine: Future directions for suicide intervention services
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
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
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
2016 Collaboration Research Scheme, "Don't eat your young": Verbatim Theatre Project.
2015 Research Seeding Grant (SNS). Integrative 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
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).
Medical sociology; Men's health; Suicide; Mental health; Social science