Council Position No3 Candidate: Fiona Blyth

Current professional title(s) and affiliation(s)
Bachelor of Medical Science (Distinction) (UNSW)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) (UNSW)
Master of Public Health (University of Sydney)
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney)

Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine, Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia
Fellow, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Honorary Fellow, Australasian Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
I am a public health physician and pain epidemiologist, whose work has made a major contribution to understanding how pain conditions affect populations, and also to the growing recognition of pain as a major public health problem and as the leading contributor to the global burden of disability. I have also worked in promoting the uptake and use of research evidence in pain education, and in global and national health policy.

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
Pain is a global problem and needs a strong global focus. I have a demonstrated track record in leadership and scholarship in the population impact of pain which involves close collaboration across research disciplines, and an active role in pain education and training. I am committed to working with IASP members, and with national and international institutions to promote better awareness of pain burden, and work towards prevention of chronic pain at all levels of the population, in both developed and developing countries.

Listing of IASP activities including current and prior IASP committees, working groups, task forces, or SIG leadership groups on which you have served:
Member of IASP continuously since 1999;

2009-2013: Associate Editor (pain epidemiology) for PAIN journal;

2013-2014: Member, Scientific Program Committee for the 15th World Congress on Pain (Buenos Aires October 2014);

2015-2016: member, Scientific Program Committee for the 16th World Congress on Pain (Yokohama, September 2016);

2015-2016: Member, IASP International research Consortia Taskforce;

2017: Member, IASP Opioid Position Statement Taskforce;

2013-current: Section Editor for Reviews for PAIN journal;

2018-current: Steering Committee Member, IASP Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic Toolkit (South-East Asia) Project;

2019 -current: Member, IASP Committee on Committees;

2019 – current: Member, IASP Taskforce on Cannabis and Cannabinoids