PAIN Section Editor Fiona Blyth Honored as a Member of the Order of Australia

May 15, 2018

PAIN Section Editor Fiona Blyth has been named a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant contributions to medical research and education public health, pain management and aging, and health policy reform. The Order of Australia, established in 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, recognizes individuals for achievement or meritorious service.

Internationally recognized for her work in characterizing the burden of chronic pain conditions within populations, Blyth for more than 15 years has been involved in studies of chronic disease epidemiology, with a specific interest in pain-related conditions. She served on the expert reference group for low back pain for the World Health Organization’s 2010 Global Burden of Disease Project. She will deliver a plenary lecture, "The Global Burden of Disease--the Impact of Pain," at the World Congress on Pain in Boston in September.

Blyth is a professor of public health and pain medicine at the University of Sydney, where she is head of the university’s Concord Clinical School at Repatriation General Concord Hospital and an associate dean in the faculty of medicine. Blyth also is Head of Intramural Research at the Sax Institute, a national and international leader in research on healthy aging and health services research, and a senior adviser in the Knowledge Exchange Division, where she is involved in bridging the gap between policymakers and researchers.

In a post on the Sax Institute website, Blyth said her award “is recognition of an important part of my professional life, but also the importance of the whole endeavor to connect evidence with its implementation in policy. The gratifying part of this award is that it will boost the profile of this work.”