Fiona McDonald

Adjunct Associate Professor

Fiona Mcdonald

Contact information

+61 07 31382010
Mailing address:

Faculty of Law
Queensland University of Technology
C308, C Block, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4001


  • Associate Professor, School of Law at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University

Research topics

Related information


  • BA (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • LLB (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • LLM (Dalhousie University)
  • JSD (Dalhousie University)

Research interests

Dr. McDonald’s research interests encompass rural bioethics and health governance, including the governance of: health systems and organizations (urban and rural); health professionals; health technologies; and healthcare quality and patient safety. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws from law, bioethics and regulatory theory.

Selected publications

  • Simpson, Christy; McDonald, Fiona. Rethinking Rural Health Ethics. Springer Publishing Inc, 2017.  In press.
  • B. White, F. McDonald & L. Willmott, eds., Health Law in Australia 2nd edition (Sydney: Thomson, 2014).
  • S. Short & F. McDonald, eds., Health Workforce Governance: Improved Access, Good Regulatory Practice, Safer Patients (London: Ashgate, 2012).
  • C. Simpson & F. McDonald F.  “'Any body is better than nobody?' Ethical questions around recruiting and/or retaining health professionals in rural areas” (2011) 11: 1867 Rural and Remote Health. Available:
  • C. Holmes, F. McDonald, M. Jones, V. Ozedemir & J. Graham, “Standardization and Omics Science: Technical and Social Dimensions are Inseparable and Demand Symmetrical Study” (2010) 14:3 Omics: The Journal of Integrative Biology 1-6 Available:


  • Member, editorial board, QUT Law Review
  • Executive member, QUT’s Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Associate Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management
  • Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

Service & activity

  • Deputy Chair, QUT’s University Human Research Ethics Committee