Professor Vivian

Professor Vivian Lin


College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Public Health

HS1-134, Melbourne (Bundoora)


DrPH, University of California, Berkeley (focus: occupational health, epidemiology, health policy), MPH, University of California, Berkeley (focus: health planning and administration), BA, Yale University (majors: biology and political science).



Area of study

Public Health

Brief profile

Vivian Lin is the Chair of Public Health and was Head of the School of Public Health from 2000-2005. Since arriving in Australia in 1982, she has worked in NSW Health, Victorian Health Department and its successor, National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services. During this time, she has had responsibility for policy, planning, and program development across a wide range of health issues, including health promotion, ethnic health, Aboriginal health, aged care, health technology, pharmaceuticals, intergovernmental relations, regional planning, and health export. From 1997-2000, she was Executive Officer for the National Public Health Partnership.

Professor Lin is presently on leave and based in Manila, as Director of Health Systems Division for the World Health Organization for the Western Paific Region.

Professor Lin served as Vice President for Scientific Affairs for the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) from 2007-2013, Deputy Chair of Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (2011-13).  In recent times, she has also chaired the Advisory Board for the Australian National University’s Centre for China in the World and been a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Healthcare. Professor Lin has consulted extensively for the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development and the World Health Organization, particularly in relation to health promotion and health system development. She served on the Medicine and Public Health Panel for the Performance-based Research Funding scheme of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission three times and is currently Health Policy Editor for Social Science and Medicine.  She is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Public Health and a member of the editorial board of Oxford Bibliographies, Australian Health Review, and Australian Journal of Primary Health.

Professor Lin has been the honorary policy convenor for the Public Health Association and has served on the Board of Management for Working Women's Health, the Public Health Committee of the Australian Medical Association and the Board of the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia. She was a member of the Dairy Food Safety Board of Victoria from 2000-2003 and served as inaugural President of the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria from 2000-2009. She was a member of the Australia China Council between 2006-2009 and served as a board member of the CRC on Aboriginal Health from 2003-2010.

Research interests

Global health

- Health Promotion

- Health Systems

Health Services and policy reform

- Equity

- Policy Development and Implementation

- Prevention

Health Services Management

- Health Administration

Recent publications


McQueen, D.,Wismar, M., Lin, V., Jones, C. M., Davies, M., (Eds., 2012) Intersectoral Governance for health in all policies. Structures, actions and experiences. Europe, World Health Organization.,-actions-and-experiences

Lin, V., Guo, Y., Legge, D. & Wu, Q. (Eds., 2010). Health Policy in and for China. China: Peking University Medical Press.

Lin V, Smith J, & Fawkes S, with Robinson P, & Chaplin S, (2007). Public Health Practice in Australia: The organised effort. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. []

Lin V, and Gibson B, Evidence-Based Health Policy: Problems and Possibilities. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2003.

Eagar K, Garrett P, & Lin V, Health Planning, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2001. [] Lin V, Health, Women's Work And Industrialisation: Semiconductor Workers In Singapore And Malaysia, Garland Publishing, New York, 1991.


Lin, V. (2012). Transformations in the Health Care System in China. Current Sociology, 60(4).

Lin, V., & Fawkes, S. (2012). People-centred healthcare: how might progress be monitored? The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, 2(3), 8.

Spinks, J., Hollingsworth, B., Manderson, L., Lin, V., & Canaway, R. (2012). Costs and drivers of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in people with type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, In press, 10.

Holden, C. A., & Lin, V. (2012). Network structures and their relevance to the policy cycle: A case study ofThe National Male Health Policy of Australia. Social Science & Medicine 74(2), 8.

Manderson, L., Canaway, R., Unantenne, N., Oldenburg, B., Lin, V., Hollingsworth, B., et al. (2012). Care seeking, use of complementary therapies and self management among people with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: CAMELOT Phase I: an ethnographic approach. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, 24(1), 8.

Manderson, L., Oldenburg, B., Lin, V., Hollingsworth, B., de Courten, M., Canaway, R., et al. (2012). Care seeking, complementary therapy and herbal medicine use among people with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: CAMELOT Phase II: surveying for diversity. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, 24(2), 9.

Zhou, W., Zhang, A. L., May, B. H., Lin, V., Carlton, A.-L., & Xue, C. C. (2012). The Victorian experience of transitional registration for Chinese Medicine practitioners and its implications for national registration. Australian Health Review, 36(1), 7.

Lewin, S., Hill, S., Abdullahi, L., Freire, S. B. d. C., Bosch-Capblanch, Z., Glenton, C., et al. (2011). 'Communicate to Vaccinate' (COMMVAC). Building evidence for improving communcation about childhood vaccinations in low- and middle-income countires: protocol for a programme of research. Implementation Science, 6(125).

Osman, A., Lin, V., Robinson, P., & Jackson, D. (2011). Policy and Governance Issues in Kenya's Border Towns: The case of Wajir groundwater management. Australasian Review of African Studies, 321(1).

Schang, L. K., Czabanowska, K. M., & Lin, V. (2011). Securing funds for health promotion: lessons from health promotion foundations based on experiences from Austria, Australia, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland. Health Promotion International.

Lin, V. & Gillick, D. (2011). Does workforce regulation have the intended effect? The case of Chinese medicine practitioner registration, Australian Health Review, November 2011

Lin, V., Riddout, L., Brink, E. And Hollingsworth, B. (2011), ‘What incentives are effective in improving deployment of health workers in primary health care in Asia and the Pacific?’, in Jalilian and Sen (Eds), Improving Health Sector Performance; Institution, Motivations and Incentives; The Cambodia Dialogue, ISEAS Publishing, Singapore

Lin V and L’Orange H. (2010) Gender Sensitive Indicators for Healthcare. In Annandale E and Kuhlmann E, (Eds). Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lin, V. & Bagley, P. (2009). Planning for policy advocacy for health promotion. In S. Jirojwong and P. Liamputtong (Eds.), Population Health, Communities and Health Promotion. Oxford University Press: Melbourne, 173-192.

Lin, V., Watson, R. & Oldenburg, B. (2009), The Future of public health; the importance of workforce, Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 6:4 available online

Lin, V., McCabe, P., Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., et al (2009), The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine in Australia, Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, Vol2, pp21-33, available online

Bagley, P. & Lin, V. (2009). The development and pilot testing of a rapid assessment tool to improve local public health system capacity in Australia. BMC Public Health, 9(413), 1-16.

Lin V, Fawkes S and Hughes A (2008) A vision for prevention in Australia: Discussion paper. Australian Institute of Health Policy Studies (AIHPS). [A copy of the paper can be downloaded from,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,88/Itemid,145/

Lin, V., & Canaway, R. (2008). Regulating complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. In S. Barraclough & H. Gardner (Eds.), Analysing Australian health policy: A problem oriented approach. Sydney: Elsevier.

Xue CC, Zhou W, Zhang AL, Greenwood K, Da Costa C, Radloff A and Lin, Vivian. (2008). Desired Chinese medicine practitioner capabilities and professional development needs: a survey of registered practitioners in Victoria, Australia. BMC Health Services Research. 8:105. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-8-27.

Xue, C.C,, Zhang, A.L.,, Lin, V., Myers, R., Polus, B., and Story, D F., (2008).. Acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy use in Australia : a national population survey. BMC Public Health 2008, 8:105. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-105

Older publications

Xue, C. C., Zhang, A. L., Lin, V., Da Costa, C., & Story, D. F. (2007). Complementary and alternative medicine use in Australia: A national population-based survey. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 13(6), 643-650.

Zhang, AL, Xue, CC, Lin, V, Story, DF (2007) Complementary and alternative medicine use by older Australians. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1114 (1), 204–215.

Guo X H, Tian X Y, Pan Y S, Yang X H, Wu S Y, Wang W, & Lin V, (2007) Managerial attitudes on the development of health promoting hospitals in Beijing. Health Promotion International Advance Access, doi:10.1093/heapro/dam010.

Bagley P, Lin V, Sainsbury P, Wise M, Keating T, & Roger K, (2007) In what ways does the mandatory nature of Victoria's municipal public health planning framework impacat on the planning process and outcomes? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4(4), doi:10.1186/1743-8462-1184-1184.

Choi B C K, Frank J, Mindell J S, Orlova A, Lin V, et al. (2007) Vision for a global registry of anticipated public health studies (GRAPHS). American Journal of Public Health, 97(S1), S82-S87.

Burris S, Hancock T, Lin V, & Herzog A (2007) Emerging Strategies for Healthy Urban Governance. Journal of Urban Health, 84(Supplement 1, May), 154-163.

Lin V, Gruszin S, Ellickson C, Glover J, Silburn K, & Wilson G, (2006) Comparative evaluation of indicators for gender equity and health. International Journal of Public Health, 51 (supplement). []

Lin V, L'Orange H, & Silburn K (2006) What are gender-sensitive indicators? International Journal of Public Health, 51 (supplement). [] Lin V, L'Orange H, and Silburn K. (2006). Using gender-sensitive health indicators to help achieve equity and equality in mainstream policy development and programme delivery", Development Bulletin, 71, 49-54.

Oberoi S S, & Lin V (2006) Brain drain of doctors from southern Africa: Brain gain for Australia. Australian Health Review, 30(1), 25-33.