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Professor Rachael McDonald

Director, MedTechVic Hub
PhD, University of London, United Kingdom; PhD, University College London, United Kingdom; BAppSc(OT), University of South Australia, Australia


Associate Professor Rachael McDonald is a clinical, research and teaching Health Professional with an interest in enabling people with lifelong disabilities to participate in life situations. She has worked extensively in this field, with in both children’s services and adult settings.  She supervises research (honour’s, MSc and PhD) students specialising in the care of people with complex disability as well as development and evaluation into the effectiveness of assistive technologies, and has published widely. She has qualifications in occupational therapy, biomechanics and higher education in addition to her Doctorate which was an exploration of the acceptability and effectiveness of adaptive seating systems in wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy.  She previously held a joint appointment with the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria at Monash University. Her role at CDDHV included health professional education and leading research activities, whereas her interest in using technology as an enabler but also as a tool for collecting objective evidence was a feature of her occupational therapy research.  This interest has led to her recent appointment as the Chair, Department of Health and Medical Science at Swinburne University of Technology, where this research is developing further.

Research interests

Health Promotion; Health Technology Assessment; Aged care; Aged care; Disability; Assistive Technology; Disruptive Technology in Health; Allied Health; Occupational Therapy; Cerebral Palsy; Intellectual Disability; Developmental Disability; Wheelchairs; Wheeled mobility and Seating

Fields of Research

  • Clinical Sciences - 320200
  • Health Services And Systems - 420300
  • Public Health - 420600


Also published as: McDonald, Rachael; McDonald, R.; McDonald, R. L.; McDonald, Rachael L.; McDonald, Rachael Leigh; Mcdonald, Rachael
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