Professor Vivian Kwang-wen Lin

Professor Vivian Lin

Professor Vivian Kwang-wen Lin

Executive Associate Dean

DrPH (UC Berkeley), MPH (UC Berkeley), BA (YaleU)

Professor of Practice (Public Health)


Professor Vivian Lin joined the LKS Faculty of Medicine as Executive Associate Dean in March 2019. She is concurrently Professor of Public Health Practice. She has more than 40 years of experience in public health, with a variety of leading roles in policy and programme development, health services planning, research and teaching, and senior administration in complex organisations.

Vivian was Chair of Public Health from 2000-2013 at La Trobe University in Melbourne before serving the WHO as Director of Health Systems in the Western Pacific Regional Office for 2013-2018, where she led on the global priorities of universal health coverage and sustainable development goals, cross-cutting priority issues of antimicrobial resistance, ageing, and gender-based violence, and on health system development issues including health financing, health law and ethics, health workforce, traditional medicines, service delivery, and health information systems. She continues to be involved with WHO as member of the Technical Advisory Group on Universal Health Coverage in the Western Pacific Region as well as supporting several global projects, including urban governance for health and wellbeing.

Vivian has also worked at senior executive level in health policy in several Australian jurisdictions, including as Executive Officer of the National Public Health Partnership. She has also consulted widely for the World Bank, UK Department for International Development, Australian Agency for International Development, World Health Organization, and various Australian governments at state and federal levels. In these roles, she has developed the first Australian health sector aid strategy for China, the WHO framework for people-centred health care for the Western Pacific Region, and the ASEAN Healthy Lifestyle Strategy. She was commissioned to undertake major studies of indicators used globally for gender equity and health, on risks and regulatory requirements for naturopathy, and evaluation of health promotion leadership programme.

Vivian has served on multiple academic, government and community boards. She was Vice President for Scientific Affairs for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (2007-2013), chair of Australian National Network of Academic Public Health Institutions (2006-2008), member of the public health committee of the Australian Medical Association (2003-2006), and board member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (2003-2009). As ministerial appointee, she was the inaugural president of the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria serving between 2000-2009 and a member of the Australia-China Council (2006-2009).

Vivian is the author of several leading textbooks in Australia on health policy and planning, as well as on China. She has served on multiple editorial boards for leading journals, including as health policy editor for Social Science and Medicine. More recently, she was a member of the International Panel on Social Progress and chaired its health cross-cutting group. She has served on the medicine and public health panel for the New Zealand Tertiary Commission’s Performance-based Research Funding exercise on 5 occasions between 2003 and 2018. She is presently involved on two Lancet Commissions – on gender and global health and on COVID-19.

Vivian earned her BA from Yale University and MPH and DrPH from UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the Drotman Award by the American Public Health Association in 1982 which recognizes promising young public health professional who challenge traditional public health policy.

  • Lin V, Smith J and Fawkes S. PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE IN AUSTRALIA: THE ORGANISED EFFORT. Allen and Unwin, Sydney. 2007. 2nd edition 2014.
  • McQueen, Wismar M, Lin V, Jones C, and Davies M. (Eds) INTERSECTORAL GOVERNANCE FOR HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES. European Observatory For Health Systems And Policy. 2012.
  • Lin V, Guo Y, Legge D, and Wu QH. (Eds). HEALTH POLICY IN TRANSITION: FOR AND OF CHINA. Peking University Medical Press. 2010.
  • Lin V and Gibson B (Eds). EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH POLICY: PROBLEMS AND POSSIBILITIES, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2003.
  • Garrett P, Eagar K, and Lin V, HEALTH PLANNING: AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES, Allen and Unwin, Sydney. 2001.
  • Lin V, Carter B, and Guo Y.  Policy, Research, and Behavioral Medicine.  In Fisher, E. B., Cameron, L. D., Christensen, A. J., Ehlert, U., Guo, Y., Oldenburg, B., & Snoek, F. J. (Eds.). (2016). Principles and Concepts of Behavioral Medicine: A Global Handbook. New York: Springer. 2017.
  • Lin V and de Leeuw E. Environments for Health – a Governance Challenge in DeLeeuw E and Simos J (Eds). Healthy Cities: The Theory, Policy and Practice of Value-based Urban Health Planning.  Springer.  2017.
  • Kieny MP, Bekedam H, Dovlo D, Fitzgerald J, Habicht J, Harrison G, Kluge H, Lin V, Manabde N, Mirza Z, Saddiqi S, and Travis P.  Strengthening health systems for universal health coverage and sustainable development.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Published online 7 April 2017.
  • Wallace J, Pitts M, Liu C, Lin V, Hajarizadeh B, Richmond J, and Locarnini S.  More than a virus: a qualitative study of the social implications of hepatitis B infection in China.  International Journal for Equity in Health.  16, 2017: 137. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-017-0637-4.
  • Tan C, Baghirov R, Yap J, and Lin V. The challenge of making health services people-centred: how are policy-makers in Asia approaching it? International journal of integrated care. July 2017. 17(3):45. DOI: 10.5334/ijic.3157
  • Lin V, Baer B, and Silburn S.  Towards the Sustainable Development Goals: implications for health systems in the Western Pacific.  Journal of Korean Medical Association. August 2017. 60(8):632-639.
  • Bloom G, Buckland Merrett G, Wilkinson A, Lin V, and Paulin S.  Antimicrobial resistance and universal health coverage.  BMJ Global Health.  2017.
  • Percival N, O'Donoghue L, Lin V, Tsey K, Bailie R.  Improving health promotion using quality improvement techniques in Australian Indigenous primary health care. In Frontiers in Public Health, 4:53. 2016. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00053
  • Gleeson D, Dwyer J, Lin V, Legge D, and Hughes A.  Can learning sets help policy managers with their wicked problems? Health Services Management Research. Available November 30, 2015 as DOI: 10.1177/0951484815616828.
  • Hughes A, Gleeson D, Legge D, and Lin V.  Governance and policy capacity in health development and implementation in Australia.   Politics and Society. Available 18 Nov 2015.
  • Lin V, Canaway R, Carter B, and Manderson L.  Interface, interaction and integration:  How people with chronic disease in Australia manage CAM and conventional medical services.  Health Expectations.  29 JUL 2014, DOI: 10.1111/hex.12239.
  • Lin V and Carter B. Changing Health Problems and Health Systems: Challenges for Philanthropy in China   in Ryan J, Chen L, and Saich T (Eds).  Philanthropy for Health in China.  Indiana University Press.  2014.
  • Shin AS, Kim HS, Lee KS, Lin V, and Liu C. Effect of diabetic case management intervention on health service utilization in Korea. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 06/2014; DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12348
  • Lin V. Universal health coverage and the public health workforce.  Perspectives in Public Health. 2014; 134:245-247.  DOI: 10.1177/1757913914546269
  • Lin, V., & Carter, B. From Healthy Public Policy to Intersectoral Action and Health in All Policies. In D. V. McQueen (Ed.), Global Handbook on Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion (pp. 189-204). Dordrecht: Springer.2013.
  • Lin V, Canaway R, Carter B, and Manderson L.  Room for Improvement: complementary therapy users and the Australian health system.  Health Expectations.  August 2013. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12125
  • Chong S, Lin V and Barraclough S.  Rethinking HIV/AIDS programme evaluation: Lessons from Malaysia and the Philippines.  Journal of International Development.  2013. DOI: 10.1002/jid.2980
  • Holden C and Lin V.  Network structures and their relevance to the policy cycle: The National Male Health Policy of Australia as a case study.  Social Science and Medicine, 74 (2), 2012.
  • Lin V.  Transformations in the Healthcare System in China.  Current Sociology. 60 (4) 2012.
  • Lin V and Fawkes S.  People Centred Health Care:  How might progress be monitored? International Journal of Person Centred Medicine.  2, 3, 2012: 593-600.
  • Lin V and Gillick D.  Does workforce regulation have the intended effect? The case of Chinese Medicine practitioner registration.  Australian Health Review. 35 (4), 2011.
  • Schang L, Lin V.  Securing funds for health promotion: lessons from health promotion foundations based on experiences from Austria, Australia, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland.  Health Promotion International.  April 5, 2011. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dar023
  • Lin V, Ridoutt L, Brink E, and Hollingsworth B. What incentives are effective for improving deployment of health workers in primary health care in Asia and the Pacific. In Jalilian H and Sen V. (Eds). Improving Health Sector Performance:  Institutions, Motivations and Incentives: The Cambodia Dialogue.  Institute for Southeast Asia Studies, Singapore. 2011.