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David McDonald is a social scientist as well as Director of the Social Research and Evaluation Pty Ltd. consultancy and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, Canberra.
Prior to commencing in his current role, David held other senior positions, including: Deputy Head of Research at the Australian Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody; Director of the National Drug Abuse Information Centre; Director of the Northern Territory Drug and Alcohol Bureau; and Senior Training Officer at the Administrative College of Papua New Guinea. Among these, he has also undertaken a number of consultancies for the Australian and State/Territory Government, NGOs and United Nations agencies.
David’s research interests lie in the area where population health and criminal justice intersect. These include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs policy; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and justice; and research integration and building evidence-based public policy. He also has experience in research and evaluation, policy and program development in the alcohol and other drugs field, and criminal justice and related fields.
In 2009, David was awarded with the Outstanding Contributions Award from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT and was inducted into the Australian National Drug and Alcohol Roll in 2011. He is also a member of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia and a Fellow at the Public Health Association of Australia.