Senior Physiotherapist, Hunter Integrated Pain Service, NSW, Australia
Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy in 1987. After working mainly in private practice and with complex clients in work rehabilitation roles, Ruth returned to Sydney University to complete a Master’s of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) in 2005. During this time Ruth began working as a physiotherapist with Hunter Integrated Pain Service and recently was named as a titled Pain Physiotherapist through the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Over the past several years, Ruth has been working part-time towards completing her PhD (Behavioural Science) and has been investigating knowledge gaps around pain management in primary care.
Ruth has extensive background in delivering behaviourally based pain interventions for people experiencing chronic non-cancer pain. Her ongoing research interests and activities are focused on combining communication strategies with the latest evidence informed treatments to support GPs to taper and cease long-term opioids in the context of chronic non-cancer pain. Ruth has a particular interest in working with vulnerable populations.