Dr Jo River

Telephone +61 2 9351 0505

Biographical details

Dr Jo River is a lecturer, international scholar and registered nurse who works in the area of health sociology, including: gender and health, suicide, the politics of healthcare, cancer services, illness/lived experience, qualitative research methods and active learning pedagogy.

She has lectured and coordinated units within the social sciences stream of Sydney Nursing School since 2009. She also has extensive experience providing nursing care to vulnerable populations.

Research interests

Gender and health, health policy, cancer services, lived/illness experience, men's health and suicide. Her PhD examined masculinities and men’s suicide practice.

Teaching and supervision

Supervision Opportunities

Gender and women's suicide practice: Exploratory qualitative study

Small cuts: A qualitative study of 'micro-aggression' in schools and the impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) youths.

Current Supervision

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

Current projects

Current research Projects

The impact of gender-relations on mental health

Evaluating patient and health professional experiences of integrative medicine in oncology: Implications for practice and policy

Small cuts: A qualitative study of 'micro-aggression' in schools and the impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) youths.

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

Awards and honours

  • 2009 Vice Chancellors Research Scholarship

  • 2008 University of Sydney Medal

  • In 2014 Dr River was invited to contribute a chapter to Suicide in Men, which was edited by Professor David Lester, Former President of the American Association of Suicidology (ASS).

In the media

National Boys Health Forum (2015), Parliment House: Maculine taboos: Emotions and men's suicide

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

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., 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

2015

  • 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., 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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