Lyndal Trevena

University: University of Sydney

School/Department: Sydney School of Public Health

Position: Associate Professor, Primary Health Care

Degrees: MBBS (Hons), MPhilPH, PhD


Health topics of expertise: Primary Health Care, Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science, Women’s Health, Cervical Cancer Prevention, Informed Choice, Health Literacy, Immunisation hesitancy, Evidence-based healthcare and shared decision-making.

Geographical focus: South Asia and Southeast Asia

Service Activities: 

  • Pro bono clinical services Asylum Seekers Centre, Sydney
  • Head of Discipline General Practice, Sydney Medical School
  • Chair Primary Care Working Group NHMRC Research Translation Faculty

Recent related Consultancy/Grants/Collaborations:

  1. Review Partnership Model Marie Stopes International and Ministry of Health Timor-Leste (2013-14)
  2. Public Sector Linkage Project Grant (AusAid): Building capacity to reduce cervical cancer mortality in rural women in Tamil Nadu, India. (2011-2014)
  3. Cultural effects on preferred patient participation in medical decision-making: A multi-country study – 2014 (Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, USA, India and Australia)

Recent related publications:

  1. Martins N, Trevena L. Implementing what works: a case study of primary health care revitalization from Timor-Leste. Australia-Pacific Journal of Family Medicine 13:5
  2. Isaac R, Ramamurthy P, Finkel M, Illikal Kunjuvareed A, Trevena L. An Educational Training Cervical Cancer Screening Program for Rural Healthcare Providers in India. Indian Journal of Community Health. 2014 26(1) 115-116.
  3. Stacey D, Légaré F, Col NF, Bennett CL, Barry MJ, Eden KB, Holmes-Rovner M, Llewellyn-Thomas H, Lyddiatt A, Thomson R, Trevena L, Wu JHC.  Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions.  Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  Issue 1, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001431.pub4


Lyndal is a general practitioner, clinical epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Sydney School of Public Health. She commenced her academic career in 2001, after 15 years in clinical practice. Since then she has published over 85 peer-reviewed papers and secured over AUD$3 million research funding with a focus on the application and implementation of research evidence in practice. She completed her PhD in 2006, has an H-index of 20 after only 13 years and has been cited over 1200 times since 2009. She coordinated the development and revision of the Community and Doctor Theme curriculum in the Sydney Medical Program from 1999-2001 and 2003-2006 and led a primary care research capacity building program (PHCRED) from 2001-2003. In 2007, she was appointed Sub-Dean (International) to assist in the establishment of the Office for Global Health at the University of Sydney and subsequently was Associate Dean (International) and Director from 2009 until 2011. In that role she developed and coordinated a program of international partnerships for the Sydney Medical School and a program of placements for medical students which hundreds of students have participated in. She has published and taught on evidence-based medicine, curriculum design and problem-based learning nationally and internationally, assisting medical schools in China and the Middle East in the transition from traditional to problem-based curricula. She currently teaches primary health care subjects within the Sydney Medical Program and the Masters of International Public Health. Her research has included health issues for the homeless, strategies to improve health literacy and preventive healthcare implementation both in high resources primary care settings in Australia, UK, USA and Canada and in low-resource settings in India, China, and Timor-Leste. She is a Research Associate in the Dept Primary Care at University of Oxford and collaborates with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Leeds, Edinburgh, Ottawa, Laval and North Carolina Universities, Weill Cornell Medical College, Fudan University Shanghai, Vientiane University Laos, National University of Timor-Leste and Christian Medical College Vellore. She supervises higher degree research students and mentor postdoctoral fellows. Lyndal represents Australia on the steering committee for IPDAS (International Patient Decision Aids Standards), the international engagement committee of the Society for Medical Decision-Making, was a member of the RACGP national standing committee for research and chaired the RACGP National Ethics Committee for several years. She has been GP representative for the National Prescribing Service, the Australian Government’s Quality Use of Medicine’s strategy and sits on the NSW Health Chronic and Cardiovascular Expert Reference Group. She is also a member of Sydney Catalyst, a translational research program for cancer research funded by Cancer Institute NSW. She has recently moved from community-based private general practice to providing a pro bono service to asylum seekers. In 2011, Lyndal established a practice-based research network SydReN, is the Deputy Chair of Cancer Australia’s Primary Care Cancer Clinical Trials Collaborative (PC4) and leads their scientific work group on cancer prevention and early diagnosis. She has been an invited keynote speaker meetings in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Maastricht. In 2011 she led the revision of international standards on communicating risk in patient decision aids and works with colleagues in a Shared Decision-Making research hub based in the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health. She provides pro bono clinical services to the Asylum Seeker centre NSW, reflecting her special interest in working with vulnerable populations.