About Ruth


Ruth Ostrow is a Walkley Award nominated writer, keynote speaker, video-maker and social commentator in the area of human relations, psychology and wellbeing, most recently producing an acclaimed on-line documentary series Total Success. The series showed that for many business and political leaders success is about far more than financial riches or power rather care of the soul.

She is best known for her columns and features in The Australian newspaper which have been read by millions over the years, and has a host of books to her credit in the areas of sex & relationships, life matters, the secrets of business success, health and spirituality: in short, spreadsheets and bedsheets.

Ostrow trained as a leading finance journalist with the Australian Financial Review, before moving to New York, becoming famed for her writings on sexuality, gender issues and equality, later returning to her controversial radio program on Triple M and TV program on Channel 7.

She has lived an eclectic life from war zones to peaceful pastures living and working abroad as a foreign correspondent as deputy editor of the Israel Economist Magazine; and later moving to Byron Bay becoming a yoga teacher, nutritional consultant and keynote speaker on matters of Wellness. She travelled the world speaking at conferences as diverse as healthy ageing and neuroscience. Currently living in Sydney she recently got her Masters degree in multimedia, documentary-making and on-line journalism; and is also studying Art & Design at UNSW to fulfil a wish to become an artist.

Ruth’s passion is Neuroscience and she co-chaired the international conference The Mind & Its Potential.. She has lectured at the Happiness Conference on depression and has been a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Healthy-Ageing and Longevity and the International Complementary Psychiatry Conference. She is an advocate for The Black Dog Institute. Her other great passion is animal welfare and she is a supporter and promoter of Voiceless, Wires and the OurEarth organisation. She has a daughter, loves cats and lives in Sydney.


61 Responses to About Ruth

  1. Ruth Ostrow 14 July 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    Thank you so much, I can’t believe anyone remembers my favourite of all my columns, the bus… I am very flattered you have shared it around

  2. Ruth Ostrow 14 July 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Hi Ray thank you for sharing a lovely heartfelt poem

  3. Ruth Ostrow 14 July 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    Thanks Jules

  4. Jules Black 2 May 2016 at 8:59 am #

    Nice mantra: Excellence is easier to achieve than perfection.

  5. Darina 22 March 2016 at 1:16 am #

    Hi Ruth,

    Happy to e-meet you! My name is Darina, I’m PR Manager at Together Networks, a fast-moving social and online dating business that broadens ​its horizons.
    We like the way you cover relationship/sex topic in The Australian
    column and keep it up-to-date, that’s why we would be happy to cooperate with you on providing dating/relationship facts, tips, story ideas, research results’ as well.
    What do you think of it?

    Looking forward to your reply,

  6. Ray Liversidge 23 December 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Ruth

    Thanks for your column in general and particularly last week’s one regarding regret. It really resonated with me as the week before I’d written a poem on the subject which is below. I had an animated discussion with my partner who was sorry that I still felt regret. I said don’t feel sorry as I don’t! As I said to her, the main impression I’m trying to give in the poem is of regret being a more potent and sustained emotion than others. Of course emotions like love and sorrow are powerful but for me they’re episodic and most people experience them many times in their lives. Regret for me is more pervading – but not consuming – and I don’t see it as a negative or crippling state if, as you say, you forgive yourself. That’s what the final lines are about – regret assumes its role as part of the human condition and paradoxically does so by becoming disaccustomed to itself.

    Anyway, though I’d share that with you. have a good festive season and look forward to your columns in the New Year.

    There is regret. Always there is regret.
    – Philip Larkin

    Love has its wires and
    sorrow fences. But,
    regret’s a colt running
    free with brumbies,
    eschewing pasture,
    cantering into
    desuetude of
    its own flesh.



  7. Irene Goldwasser 21 June 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Ruth,

    I read your article ‘Me and My Shadow.’ I am reminded of the old adage ‘Bad things happen when good people do nothing.’ Although Australians are often very generous people, we have to ask ourselves where is our ’empathy’ when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers. Why have we allowed successive governments to treat refugees in an illogical and inhumane fashion, including this government? Why do we also think it is appropriate to reduce foreign aid which is now at ridiculous levels? Empathy and humanity need to be practised every day, not just on special occasions, and that silence will often be taken as agreement. Thanks.

  8. Elise 3 March 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Ruth, you incredible woman you! I have been pointed your way by a mutual friend and I must say I love your work. I am currently researching my second book on the yoni & divine feminine and I would love to interview your fine self in regards to these areas and how they connect with the work you do and write about. It would be wonderful to speak with you if you are interested to share and be credited for your knowledge and wisdom. With Love, Elise.

  9. Kathleen 22 February 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi Ruth, just reading your column from this weekends Australian. I look forward to it every week and have for many years. I pass all your books on to many , including the one with the article re The Bus, how it will come for all of us at some time in our lives. Working in the Health industry that story has helped so many people I know. I loved the article on self doubt. Isn’t that just all of us? Keep on writing, you are well loved by many. Kathleen

  10. Edward Stewart-Wynne 10 January 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Dear Ruth I found your article today in the Weekend Aus interesting but depressing, as this is not how patients should experience an illness. To overcome this I have pionered a student traing ward in Perth where final year students from 6 professions take care of patients, with one aim being to ensure that the patient is central to his/her care & is heard! The students are supervised but with the aim of allowing them to make the necessary decisions, WITH their patients

  11. Ruth Ostrow 9 June 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Thank you Jodie

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