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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


Professor Rachael McDonald is the Director of the MedTechVic Hub.  The MedTechVic hub creates innovative enabling technology, products and services to enhance lives for people with disability, their families and the people who support them. The hub does this through Development of enabling technology products, Consulting on co-design and manufacture, Best-practice research and development and Educational services, including fellowships and training.

Professor 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 has or is supervising 31  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 (over 150 outputs). She has qualifications in occupational therapy, biomechanics and higher education in addition to her Doctorate and has attracted over $11m in competitive grant funding.

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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