ACU Professor of Ageing Professor Tracey McDonald has been recognised by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) for her significant contribution to aged care, education and health.
Professor McDonald represented the ACN on the National Aged Care Alliance, and has recently retired from this role.
The ACN acknowledged Professor McDonald’s history with ACN, having joined The College of Nursing in 1977 and the Royal College of Nursing in 1984. She was a Fellow of both organisations before their unification and remains a Fellow of the ACN.
According to the ACN, Professor McDonald has made an enormous contribution to both the organisation and to the nursing profession throughout her career across the health, education, nursing and aged industries.
In particular the ACN noted Professor McDonald’s work as a world expert with the United Nations on policy issues around social inclusion, human rights and equity and her role in triggering the process of developing a UN convention on the Rights of Older People.
Currently, Professor McDonald is the RSL Lifecare Chair of Ageing at ACU, and has been working on clinical and management research in the field of ageing.