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Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician - Dr Ruth Highet

Private Service


72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


Dr Ruth Highet is a sports and exercise medicine physician specialising in assessment, injury treatment and performance training, providing a thorough assessment and treatment of injured, unwell or under-performing athletes of any level.

Ruth is Medical Director of Wellington Sports Medicine at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and consults from there while her main work address from 2018 is  the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre.

Dr Ruth Highet, a qualified Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialist and Medical Director of Wellington Sports Medicine, has provided a full time sports medicine practice since 1988.

Ruth's interest in Sports Medicine emerged during her doctor training when she started marathon running, later switching to triathlon and progressing on to NZ Triathlon Team selection for the 1990 Commonwealth Games Triathlon and several subsequent World Triathlon championships. These experiences enable her to understand the physical and mental challenges facing athletes at all levels of training and performance.

Ruth has been heavily involved in NZ sport at all levels including selections as NZ Team Doctor at Commonwealth and Olympic Games. She is the past Medical Director of numerous sporting bodies and sports events and remains a Preferred Provider for High Performance Sport NZ athletes. Ruth has a particular interest in youth sports and exercise and has had a long time close relationship with Wellington Secondary School Sport. Ruth also enjoys teaching and academic sports medicine and frequently has medical students from around the world visiting on their electives. She  trained sports and exercise medicine registrars for their FACSEP for 25 years, until she began her Wanaka practice in 2018.

Ruth retired in 2018 as President of the Wellington branch of Sports Medicine New Zealand; a position she has held for all bar 8 of the last 30 years.

Read more about Ruth here


What is Sports Medicine?
Sports Medicine is the medical specialty that includes the study of human movement, sport- and exercise-related injury prevention, the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal overuse injury and trauma and the prescription of exercise programmes.



72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Referral Expectations

Dr Ruth Highet welcomes referrals from other health professionals for sports and exercise related injuries and other musculoskeletal problems as well as exercise related medical problems.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Injuries treated by sports medicine doctors

    Ankle sprains
    Knee and shoulder injuries
    Exercise-induced asthma
    Heat illness… More

  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation


  • Sports and Exercise Related Illnesses


  • Concussion


  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)


  • Shin Splints


  • Muscle Cramps


  • Muscle Strains



Ruth is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider under the Sports Medicine category. This may include :

  • Consultations
  • Joint injection
  • Soft tissue injection

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 3:37PM on January 15, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician - Dr Ruth Highet.