Australia Day honour for Professor of Ageing

Monday, 30 January 2012

Professor Tracey McDonald, Professor of Ageing at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been made a Member of the Order of Australia in the General division (AM) for services to nursing, particularly in the area of aged care, through advisory roles with the United Nations Expert Groups on Social Policy and the development of public health and social welfare policy.

Professor Tracey McDonald

Professor McDonald currently holds the ACU Research Chair in Ageing sponsored by RSL LifeCare. In late 2011 she was appointed to the National Lead Clinicians Group by the Minister for Health – which was set up to provide high-level strategic oversight and leadership on clinical issues.

Professor McDonald’s work with the United Nations includes being a member of World Expert Groups on Ageing in Malta in 2007 and on Social Integration in Finland in 2008.

In 2009 she was invited to Germany to help develop a draft convention on the rights of older persons, and in 2010 she went to Tunisia to participate in the United Nations/OSAGI Expert Group on Empowerment of Women in Arabic Cultures.

Professor McDonald was appointed by the World Health Organisation to the Expert Research Review Panel with the World Alliance for Patient Safety. She also acts in advisory roles to agencies of the Chinese Government in their efforts to provide safe and effective care to older people.