Dr MacDonald is a Consultation Liaison, Addiction and General Adult Psychiatrist in full-time private practice. He graduated with first class honours from Monash University and with the Geoff Conron Prize in Psychiatry, then trained at The Alfred, Melbourne and St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin. He moved to the Gold Coast in 2014 where he worked as the Northern Community Clinical Lead for Gold Coast HHS. He was an Adjunct Lecturer for Monash University, is now a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University. He is the Unit Director (Dual Diagnosis) at Currumbin Clinic, a Committee Member for the Queensland Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry, a cross-border OTP prescriber, and is currently pursing/researching a range of novel biological approaches to the management of addictions. He has received prizes for writing online learning modules for medical students, and is a reviewer or editorial member for numerous local and international medical and psychiatric journals. He is passionate about employing the “recovery” paradigm in his clinical work, as well as tertiary consultation as a way of promoting mental health literacy in the community. Dr MacDonald was previously a state-level cricket player, runs marathons occasionally despite acquiring numerous injuries, and was a hopeless rugby player.
Dr MacDonald’s curiosity about the interface between medicine and psychiatry led him to initially sub-specialise in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and complete research in the area of Conversion Disorder. He is investigating the role of Flumazenil subcutaneous infusions in a world first phase 3 trial, has published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Codeine Dependence, and has an interest in case studies/series for novel treatments in neuropsychiatry.