Ruthie graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 2017, as valedictorian of her class. After completing her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in August 2018, Ruthie practised as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Tasmania and Brisbane until December 2020.
Since January 2021, Ruthie has been a Senior Research Assistant and PhD Student in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Business and Law, supervised by Dr Eliana Close, Professor Lindy Willmott, and Professor Ben White. Ruthie’s PhD is on the topic of patient and family perspectives on the regulation of voluntary assisted dying in Australia and Canada and involves conducting interviews with patients and family members about their experiences of accessing voluntary assisted dying (or supporting a family member through the process).
Ruthie was part of the QUT project team that wrote the Western Australian mandatory legal training for doctors and nurse practitioners involved in voluntary assisted dying. She is now part of the team writing the mandatory legal training for doctors, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who will be involved in voluntary assisted dying in Queensland.