Dr Bright has been integrally involved with the establishment and development of music therapy in Australia, serving as President of AMTA three times. Ruth has also served as the President of the NSW Branch of the Association for Loss and Grief, and the NSW Branch of Australian Association of Gerontology, as well as the Chair of the Gerontology Foundation of Australia. She was also a co-founder of the World Federation of Music Therapy and served as President from 1990-93. She presented her first paper in 1966 and wrote her first book, Music in Geriatric Care, in 1972. In total she has authored ten books in a career spanning 40 years. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 1992 for services to community health and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne in 2002. Ruth is now retired.