Dr Jo River

Telephone +61 2 9351 0505

Biographical details

Jo River is a social scientist specialising in mental health and an academic member of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. Jo uses social theory to understand the socio-political causes of distress and/or extreme states of mind, and collaboratively develops ways to respond to distress using co-production methods, which aim to generate new insights through partnership and dialogue with people who have knowledge and wisdom gained through lived experience. Jo also publishes, consults and teaches on the relationship between masculnities and men's expereince of distress, and has been an invited speaker on the issue of violence, risk taking and suicide in boys and men at the National Boys Health Forum at Parliament House. As a member of Sydney Arts and Health Collective, Jo also uses arts based approaches to support the wellbeing of health professionals.

Jo River teaches social determinants of health, health policy, population health and illness/lived experience in the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing Programs within the Faculty. Jo uses student-centred, active learning approaches within a cultural safety framework. In 2015, 2016 and 2018 Jo was awarded Educational Innovation Grants to extend this work, and they have been nominated twice by colleagues for the Vice Chancellors Teaching Award, a nomination which was supported by the student cohort.

Research interests

Masculinities and men's experiences of distress

Social approaches to supportng people experiencing distress/extreme states

Co-production in research

Culturally safe education and practice

Forthcoming Publications:

River, J (2018). Diverse and dynamic interactions. A model of suicidal men's help seeking as it relates to health services. American Journal of Men's Health. 12(1), 150-159.

Kemp, H., Bellingham, B., ... River, J. (2019). Peer support and open dialogue: Possibilities for restance and transformation in mental health services. In Rhodes, P. (ed.) Beyond the psychology industry: What kind of therapy do we need now. Springer.

Buus, N., Erlangsen, A., River, J., et al. (2019) Stakeholder perspectives on using/developingMYPLAN suicide prevention mobile phone application: Archives of Suicide Research.


Teaching and supervision

Supervision Opportunities

  • Novel and collaborative approaches to supporting people experiencing distress/extreme states
  • Gender and health
  • Cultural safety in education and healthcare

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

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
From India to New Zealand: The experience of Indian Nurses, an intersectional study Gillianne MEEK

Current projects

Peer support work and open dialogue;

Engaging people with knowledge and wisdom gained through lived experience in health research;

Masculinities, emotions and suicide practice;

Masculinities and violence;

Supporting culturallay and linguistically diverse students.

Associations

Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM)

Sydney Narrative Inquiry Research Group (SNIRG)

Sydney Arts and Health Collective (SAHC): Sydney Arts and Health Collective is an interdisciplinary collaboration between people from Preformance Studies and Health. The Collective has collaborated on various initiatives including:

Williams, D., Dwyer, P & Sydney Arts in collaboration with Sydney Arts and Health Collective Grace Under Pressure, Seymour Centre & Big Anxiety festival. https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/grace-under-pressure/

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

In the media

Selected:

2017: Michael Flood and Jo River,Men's health: A critique of men's rights and anti-feminist claims, XY http://www.xyonline.net/content/men%E2%80%99s-health-critique-men%E2%80%99s-rights-and-anti-feminist-claims

2017 Elissa Blake, Sydney Morning Herald 24 October 2017: Grace Under Pressure Examines the Daily Lives of Medical Professionals

2017 Ursula Malone, ABC News, 20 October 2017: Dctors and Nurses share humilliating stories of bullying and sexism in Grace Under Pressure

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 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

Keywords

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

Selected grants

2018

  • Team-teaching and Interprofessional learning: building interdisciplinary engagement and capacity; Burgess A, Haq I, Bleasel J, Keay K, Randal N, Kalman E, Roberts C, Herkes S, Frommer D, Hinton T, Schneider C, River J, Nisbet G, Spallek H; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Working with mental health consumers to create authentic learning experiences; Mackenzie L, Hancock N, Scanlan J, Arblaster K, Schneider C, Chen T, McCloughen A, River J, Buus N, Kostecki T, Rangan A, Nicholson M, Tseris E; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Developing mHealth suicide prevention: Developing and implementing the MyPlan mobile phone app in Australian and Danish health care contexts; Buus N, Nordentoft M, River J; Office of Global Engagement/Partnership Collaboration Awards.

2017

  • Co-operative inquiry: Creating meaningful collaboration in mental health research; River J, Werner-Seidler A, Bellingham B, Boydell K, Buus N, Dennis I, McGeorge P, Mikes-Liu K; University of New South Wales/Mental Health and Wellbeing scheme: Early Intervention and Prevention � Young People.
  • Grace Under Pressure: A verbatim theatre innovation to drive culture change in clinical training; Hooker L, Scott K, Ivory K, Nash L, Dwyer P, River J, Macneill P; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Creating a Community of Enquiry: A Blended Team-Based Learning Approach to Nursing Education; River J, Currie J, Betihavas V, Randall S, Crawford T; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

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

  • Rhodes, P., Azim, K., Saab, K., Nelson, R., River, J., Parker, D., McAulay, C., Donnet, A., Breckenridge, J., Gessler, D., et al (2019). We Are Barometers of the City; Collected Poems by Psychologists. Human Arenas.
  • Fitzpatrick, S., River, J. (2018). Beyond the Medical Model. International Journal of Health Services, 48(1), 189-203. [More Information]
  • River, J., McKenzie, H., Levy, D., Pavlakis, N., Back, M., Oh, B. (2018). Convergent priorities and tensions: a qualitative study of the integration of complementary and alternative therapies with conventional cancer treatment. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(6), 1791-1797. [More Information]
  • Kivunja, S., River, J., Gullick, J. (2018). Experiences of giving and receiving care in traumatic brain injury: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(7-Aug), 1304-1328. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, S., Collings, S., Jenkin, G., River, J. (2018). Masculinity, Social Connectedness, and Mental Health: Men's Diverse Patterns of Practice. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(5), 1247-1261. [More Information]
  • Seidler, Z., Rice, S., River, J., Oliffe, J., Dhillon, H. (2018). Men�s Mental Health Services: The Case for a Masculinities Model. Journal of Men's Studies: a scholarly journal about men and masculinities, 26(1), 92-104. [More Information]
  • Bellingham, B., Buus, N., McCloughen, A., Dawson, L., Schweizer, R., Mikes-Liu, K., Peetz, A., Boydell, K., River, J. (2018). Peer work in Open Dialogue: A discussion paper. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27(5), 1574-1583. [More Information]
  • Arya, V., Page, A., River, J., Armstrong, G., Mayer, P. (2018). Trends and socio-economic determinants of suicide in India: 2001�2013. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 53(3), 269-278. [More Information]
  • Oh, B., Eade, T., Kneebone, A., Pavlakis, N., Clarke, S., Eslick, G., River, J., Back, M. (2017). Factors affecting whether or not cancer patients consider using acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine, 35(2), 107-113. [More Information]
  • Scott, K., Berlec, S., Nash, L., Hooker, L., Dwyer, P., Macneill, P., River, J., Ivory, K. (2017). Grace Under Pressure: A Drama-based Approach to Tackling Mistreatment of Medical Students. Medical Humanities, 43(1), 68-70. [More Information]
  • Randall, S., Crawford, T., Currie, J., River, J., Betihavas, V. (2017). Impact of community based nurse-led clinics on patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient access and cost effectiveness: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 73, 24-33. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fitzpatrick, S., Cox, K., River, J. (2017). �Shadowing� as a management strategy for chemotherapy outpatient primary support persons. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(4), 887-894. [More Information]
  • 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., 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.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fitzpatrick, S., Cox, K., River, J. (2016). The integration of formal and informal care provision: An exploratory study of the experiences of primary support persons of chemotherapy outpatients. ICIC16 � 16th International Conference on Integrated Care, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 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

  • Hooker, L., Macneill, P., River, J., Scott, K., Nash, L., Ivory, K. (2017), Grace Under Pressure (Sydney Arts & Health Collective play script collaboration).
  • River, J. (2015), Book Review: River, J. (2015) Theories of Suicide: Past Present and Future. British Journal of Guidance Counselling, 43(2), 245-247.

2019

  • Rhodes, P., Azim, K., Saab, K., Nelson, R., River, J., Parker, D., McAulay, C., Donnet, A., Breckenridge, J., Gessler, D., et al (2019). We Are Barometers of the City; Collected Poems by Psychologists. Human Arenas.

2018

  • Fitzpatrick, S., River, J. (2018). Beyond the Medical Model. International Journal of Health Services, 48(1), 189-203. [More Information]
  • River, J., McKenzie, H., Levy, D., Pavlakis, N., Back, M., Oh, B. (2018). Convergent priorities and tensions: a qualitative study of the integration of complementary and alternative therapies with conventional cancer treatment. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(6), 1791-1797. [More Information]
  • Kivunja, S., River, J., Gullick, J. (2018). Experiences of giving and receiving care in traumatic brain injury: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(7-Aug), 1304-1328. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, S., Collings, S., Jenkin, G., River, J. (2018). Masculinity, Social Connectedness, and Mental Health: Men's Diverse Patterns of Practice. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(5), 1247-1261. [More Information]
  • Seidler, Z., Rice, S., River, J., Oliffe, J., Dhillon, H. (2018). Men�s Mental Health Services: The Case for a Masculinities Model. Journal of Men's Studies: a scholarly journal about men and masculinities, 26(1), 92-104. [More Information]
  • Bellingham, B., Buus, N., McCloughen, A., Dawson, L., Schweizer, R., Mikes-Liu, K., Peetz, A., Boydell, K., River, J. (2018). Peer work in Open Dialogue: A discussion paper. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27(5), 1574-1583. [More Information]
  • Arya, V., Page, A., River, J., Armstrong, G., Mayer, P. (2018). Trends and socio-economic determinants of suicide in India: 2001�2013. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 53(3), 269-278. [More Information]

2017

  • Oh, B., Eade, T., Kneebone, A., Pavlakis, N., Clarke, S., Eslick, G., River, J., Back, M. (2017). Factors affecting whether or not cancer patients consider using acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine, 35(2), 107-113. [More Information]
  • Hooker, L., Macneill, P., River, J., Scott, K., Nash, L., Ivory, K. (2017), Grace Under Pressure (Sydney Arts & Health Collective play script collaboration).
  • Scott, K., Berlec, S., Nash, L., Hooker, L., Dwyer, P., Macneill, P., River, J., Ivory, K. (2017). Grace Under Pressure: A Drama-based Approach to Tackling Mistreatment of Medical Students. Medical Humanities, 43(1), 68-70. [More Information]
  • Randall, S., Crawford, T., Currie, J., River, J., Betihavas, V. (2017). Impact of community based nurse-led clinics on patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient access and cost effectiveness: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 73, 24-33. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fitzpatrick, S., Cox, K., River, J. (2017). �Shadowing� as a management strategy for chemotherapy outpatient primary support persons. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(4), 887-894. [More Information]

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]
  • 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.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fitzpatrick, S., Cox, K., River, J. (2016). The integration of formal and informal care provision: An exploratory study of the experiences of primary support persons of chemotherapy outpatients. ICIC16 � 16th International Conference on Integrated Care, Barcelona, Spain.

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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