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Dr Fiona McDonald

Faculty of Law,
Law School


Dr Fiona McDonald
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law, Applied Ethics, Policy and Administration
+61 7 3138 2010
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JSD - Doctoral in Science (Dalhousie University Canada), Master of Laws (Dalhousie University Canada)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research
  • Member of the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Associate Fellow, Australiasian College of Health Service Management

health governance, health professional regulation, health systems law and policy, health workforce governance, organisational ethics, patient safety, rural bioethics, rural health

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Fiona is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology. Fiona is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University, Canada. Fiona is a member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research and QUT’s Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management. She is also a member of Dalhousie University’s Technoscience and Regulation Research Unit. Prior to her appointment Fiona was a research associate at the Health Law Institute at Dalhousie University, Canada and a legal advisor to New Zealand’s Health and Disability Commissioner.  Fiona’s research encompasses issues related to health governance and has four broad themes:

  • the governance of health institutions and systems (with a focus on rural bioethics)
  • the governance of health research and health technologies
  • the governance of health professionals
  • the governance of patient safety.

Fiona’s work has been published in a range of international journals, she has presented at a number of international conferences, and she has received grants, contracts and scholarships to conduct research in this area. Research interests

  • Health governance
  • Health systems law and policy
  • Patient safety
  • Regulation.

Research funding

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (2013-2018) $2.5 million Centre for Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care, (P Yates, G Mitchell, D. Currow, K. Eagar, H. Edwards, G. Gardner, L. Willmott, A. Bonner, R. Clark, J Tieman, (CIs), McCaffrey, Johnson, Beattie, McCarthy, Broom, White, McDonald (AIs)).
  •  Canadian Institutes for Health Research Operating Grant (2011-2016) $442,066 (CD) Articulating Standards: translating the practices of standardizing health technologies (Professor J. Graham, Dalhousie University (PI), Professor R. Darnell, University of Western Ontario, Dr C. Holmes, CNRS Centre National de la Recherché Scientique, France; Dr M. Jones, ECHO: Women’s Health, and Dr F. McDonald, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant: Health Services and Policy Research (2010) $17,000 (CD) Articulating Standards and Practices of Health Regulation: A Grant Writing Workshop (J. Graham (P.I), R Darnell, C Holmes, M Jones, F McDonald, V Ozdemir, C. Stephens)
  • Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (2009) $61,720 Evidence-Based Decision Making to Reform Governance at the District Level: The Case of Nutritional Policies, Programs and Interventions in Bantul and Gunungkidul (F. McDonald & A. Yoganingrum (PIs), F. Purwaningrum, D. Ariani)
This information has been contributed by Dr Fiona McDonald.


Units currently taught

LWS101 Ethics, Law and Health Care
LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics
This information has been contributed by Dr Fiona McDonald.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.