Fiona Blyth

National Keynote Speaker, Pain

Professor, The University of Sydney, NSW

    Fiona Blyth is a Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney, as well as the Head of the Faculty of Medicine and Health’s Concord Clinical School at Repatriation General Concord Hospital.

    She is internationally recognised for her conceptual and empirical work in characterizing the burden of chronic pain conditions within populations. Fiona has been involved in studies of chronic disease epidemiology (with a specific interest in pain-related conditions) for more than 15 years. This includes large prospective cohort studies, RCTs, pharmacoepidemiological studies, and health services research using linked routinely collected datasets.

    She was on the expert reference group for low back pain for the World Health Organization’s 2010 Global Burden of Disease Project. She has strong links with local and international groups researching healthy ageing, arthritis/musculoskeletal conditions, and injury. She has a particular interest in multi-morbidity of chronic conditions, and has co-authored a book chapter on this topic related to pain and multimorbidity.

    Professor Blyth is also on the core leadership team for IASP South East Asia Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic Toolkit Project.

    She was awarded an AM on Australia Day 2018 for her significant service to medical research and education in the fields of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform.