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. The PhD thesis is due to be submitted in mid- March 2020 (so just before this conference!)
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.