Dr Ivan Lin

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Senior Lecturer / NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow                                                                       

B.Sc. (Physiotherapy)
M. Manip. Ther.

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Professional background and research interests 

Ivan Lin is a physiotherapist, researcher and educator who has lived and worked in rural Western Australia for 20 years. His primary interest is musculoskeletal pain; what mechanisms underlie musculoskeletal pain conditions and how healthcare for people with these conditions can be optimised. His research focuses on improving the management of  musculoskeletal pain in primary and emergency care settings, particularly for Aboriginal patients.He primarily works in Aboriginal health care with a focus on implementing evidence into clinical care, the development of culturally appropriate health information, clinical communication, and reducing health care disparities. 

Ivan is currently a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (2015 -2019). Between 2012 and 2014 Ivan undertook an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship that focussed on improving the quality of low back pain care in Aboriginal primary care. In 2013 he completed his PhD that explored chronic low back pain in remote and rural Aboriginal populations. He also works in clinical practice as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, supervises students on rural placement and holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the Curtin School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science. 

Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Aboriginal health
  • Research translation/ implementation
  • Health disparities
  • Remote and rural health
  • Quality indicators


  • Memberships / Affiliations
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia
  • Australian Pain Society

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Awards and Grants

 2016 - Fay Gale Fellowship, University of Western Australia

2015 - 2019 - NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

2012 - 2014 - NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship   

2013 – Curtin University Chancellors Commendation Award - PhD thesis (Exceptional Higher Degree by Research Thesis)   

2012 – Curtin School of Physiotherapy Elsevier Book Prize for Masters or Doctoral student publishing the best article in a scientific journal.  

2012 - Australian Physiotherapy Association Award (WA) for Excellence - Contribution to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health within the Physiotherapy Profession 

2012 - University of Western Australia - Excellence in Teaching Award 2012 

2010 - Best Paper Award - National Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) Conference.  

2009 - Australian Physiotherapy Association Award (WA) for Excellence – Contribution to Rural/Remote Physiotherapy 

2000 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA) Post Graduate Prize Curtin University 

2000 - Curtin University Vice Chancellor’s Research Prize
















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