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BA, DipSocWk, MA, GradDipPoplnHlth
David McDonald is a social scientist with research interests in domains where public health and criminology/criminal justice intersect, particularly in Indigenous health and justice, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs policy, and building evidence-based public policy. He has wide experience in research, policy and program development, and evaluation in the alcohol and other drugs, criminal justice, Indigenous health and related fields. He has a particular interest in the assessment and utilisation of administrative data collections for monitoring and evaluating policy initiatives.
He is a Consultant in Social Research and Evaluation and holds the honorary appointments of Visiting Fellow at the ANU's College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and Associate of the Australian Institute of Criminology.
In the 1980s he established the Northern Territory's drug and alcohol services and was its Director, and during the period 1988-1991 was Deputy Head of Research with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, responsible for the Royal Commission's epidemiological research and for preparing its Report's chapters on Indigenous health (among others). Since then he has been actively involved in Indigenous health research and service development.
He has undertaken numerous consultancies for the Australian and State/Territory Government, NGOs and United Nations agencies. They include
David McDonald has published widely on substance abuse, justice and related topics, and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.