Research Achievements

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Now is a great time to recognise recent achievements from some of our research staff Dr Scott Fitzpatrick and Dr Jane Rich.

Firstly congratulations to Dr Scott Fitzpatrick who has been awarded $3,000 for the project: Systems thinking and systems change in rural suicide prevention after a successful application in the Faculty of Health and Medicine Strategic ECR Pilot Grant round. 

Secondly, congratulations to Dr Jane Rich who has been awarded a $7000 Linkage pilot grant to work with industry partners in the oil and gas sector to begin to develop a workplace mental health program. Dr Rich has also been awarded a $2,500 Early Career Researcher grant to analyse qualitative data exploring the health, lifestyle and challenges in working in the mining sector.  

We look forward to keeping you up-to- date with these research projects as they progress.


At the Australia New Zealand Emergency Management Conference recently, Research Fellow Dr Jane Rich  had the opportunity to co-presented the findings from the final report of the Step by Step Bushfire Support Qualitative Evaluation  with Anne Crestani.

Feedback was very positive with good questions and discussions. The project began in  2013 with 25 participants having been interviewed in the service and recovery process, as well as development of advisory groups and governement partnerships. This project concludes with 2 peer-reviewed published papers, one conference presentation and a final report submitted to Office of Emergency Management. Strong working relationships have been developed with the Office of Emergency Management, NSW Department of Justice and Gateway Family Service who established/ hosted Step by Step.  Click here to download a copy of the The Step by Step Blue Mountains Bushfire Support Service Qualitative Evaluation Report.

New PhD student:

Shahinoor Akter has arrived in Newcastle from Bangladesh to begin her PhD research examining rural women’s maternal health, wellbeing and help-seeking in remote tribal villages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Shahinoor has a Social Science undergraduate degree as well as a Masters in Public Health from Southern Cross University, NSW (2013) and has been working as a lecturer in Jagannath University, Bangladesh. Previously she also worked as a researcher at International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh for six and half years. Shahinoor returns to Australia under the supervision of Dr Jane Rich, A/Prof Kerry Inder and A/Prof Deb Loxton. Shahinoor is based at the Hunter Research Institute of Medical Research (HMRI) and her project aims to explore the how mothers and children from the tribal communities are accessing for health care in the existing service centres and how this access can be improved and best informed.

It is a pleasure to welcome Shahinoor to Newcastle.