Ruth is an Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and a general practitioner in an inner-urban general practice. She is the inaugural Director of the General Practice and Primary Health Care Node (North West Academic Centre). This role involves coordinating the community based teaching and learning for medical students at the Northern and Western Clinical Schools; and recruiting, supporting and evaluating primary care placement sites. Further, Ruth is responsible to develop a research program focusing on health and health services issues for diverse populations in the growth corridors of outer West and Northern Melbourne. Her research interests are in the patient-doctor relationship, the health of lesbian and bisexual women, cultural diversity training, and inter-professional education. She was awarded a PhD in 2010 for a qualitative project that explored the patient-doctor relationship between same-sex attracted women and their usual GP.