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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Lin I, Bunzli S, Mak DB, Green C, Goucke R, Coffin J, O’Sullivan P. The unmet needs of Aboriginal Australians with musculoskeletal pain: A mixed method systematic review. Arthritis and Care (Accepted Dec 5th 2017).

Lin I, Wiles LK, Waller R, Goucke R, Nagree Y, Gibberd M, Straker L, Maher CG, O’Sullivan P. Critical Appraisal of Musculoskeletal Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Systematic Review. Br J Sports Med (Accepted Nov 6th 2017).

 Bunzli S, Smith A, Schütze R, Lin I, O’Sullivan P. Making Sense of Low Back Pain and Pain-Related Fear. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2017(0):1-27.

 Lin I, Ryder K, Coffin J, Green C, Dalgety E, Scott B, Straker L, Smith A, & O’Sullivan, P. Addressing disparities in low back pain care by developing culturally appropriate information for Aboriginal Australians: “My back on track, my future”. Pain Med 2017: pnw314.

Lin I, Green C, Bessarab D.“Yarn with me”: Applying clinical yarning to improve clinician-patient communication in Aboriginal health care. Aust J Prim Health 2016; 22(5):377-82 http://www.publish.csiro.au/py/Fulltext/PY16051

Lin IB, Coffin J, O’Sullivan PB. Using theory to improve low back pain care in Australian Aboriginal primary care: a mixed method single cohort pilot study. BMC Family Practice. 2016;17:1-14.

Phillips CJ, Marshall AP, Chaves NJ, Jankelowitz SK, Lin I, Loy CT, et al. Experiences of using the theoretical domains framework across diverse clinical environments: a qualitative study. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. Vol. 2015, No. 8, March 2015: 139-146.

Lin IB, O'Sullivan P, Coffin JA, Mak DB, Toussaint S, Straker LM. 'I can sit and talk to her': Aboriginal people, chronic low back pain and healthcare practitioner communication [online]. Australian Family Physician, Vol. 43, No. 5, May 2014: 320-324. 

O’Sullivan P and Lin I. Acute low back pain: beyond drug therapies. Pain Management Today 2014; 1(1): 8-13.  

Prout S, Lin I, Nattabi B, et al. ‘I could never have learned this in a lecture’: transformative learning in rural health education. Advances in Health Sciences Education 2013:1-13.Epub 27 June 2013. 

Govil D, Lin I, Dodd T, et al. Identifying culturally appropriate strategies for coronary heart disease secondary prevention in a regional Aboriginal Medical Service. Aust J Prim Health 2013; Epub 12 June 2013. 

Lin IB, O'Sullivan PB, Coffin JA, D.B., Toussaint, S., and Straker, L. Disabling chronic low back pain as an iatrogenic disorder: a qualitative study in Aboriginal Australians. BMJ Open 2013;3. 

Durey A, Lin I and Thompson D. ‘It's a different world out there’: improving how academics prepare health science students for rural and Indigenous practice in Australia. Higher Education Research & Development 2013:1-1. 

Lin, I., O'Sullivan, P.P., Coffin, J., Mak, D.B., Toussaint, S., and Straker, L. “I am absolutely shattered”: the impact of chronic low back pain on Australian Aboriginal people. European Journal of Pain, 2012;16:1331-1341. 

Lin IB, Beattie N, Spitz S, Ellis A.  Developing competencies for remote and rural senior allied health professionals in Western Australia. Rural and Remote Health 9 (online), 2009: 1115. Available from: http://www.rrh.org.au 

Jackson, A., Lin, I. & Coffin, J. Speech pathologists and Aboriginal professionals: their attitudes to a rural speech pathology service. ACQuiring knowledge in speech, language and hearing (ACQ) Vol.9 No.3 October 2007. P104-107  

Goodale BJ, Spitz S, Beattie NJ, Lin IB.  Training rural and remote therapy assistants in Western Australia. Rural and Remote Health 7 (online), 2007: 774. Available from: http://www.rrh.org.au 

Lin, I., et al., Supporting an emerging workforce: characteristics of rural and remote therapy assistants in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2007. 15: p. 334-339. 

Lin, I. B., & Goodale, B. J. (2006). Improving the supervision of therapy assistants in Western Australia: the Therapy Assistant Project (TAP). Rural & Remote Health, 6(1), 479. 

O'Sullivan, P. B., Beales, D. J., Beetham, J. A., Cripps, J., Graf, F., Lin, I. B., et al. (2002). Altered motor control strategies in subjects with sacroiliac joint pain during the active straight-leg-raise test. Spine., 1(27), E1-8.




















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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