John McDonald, PhD

School of Medicine, Menzies Health Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Dr John McDonald, PhD, commenced acupuncture studies in Australia in 1971, clinical practice in 1975 and teaching acupuncture in 1977. In 1975 John blended his previous training as a psychiatric nurse with acupuncture to establish an acupuncture detoxification programme at the New South Wales Health Commission’s Narcotics Dependency Programme in Sydney. Dr McDonald has been a pioneer in developing acupuncture education in Australia in curriculum development and as a Dean, Department Head, senior lecturer and course coordinator in several colleges and universities. Dr McDonald was the inaugural President of the Australian Council for Chinese Medicine Education. In 2006, Dr McDonald participated in the finalising of the World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region Standard for Acupuncture Point Locations. Among Dr McDonald’s publications are the textbook “Zang Fu Syndromes: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment” co-authored with Dr Joel Penner from Los Angeles, as well as several peer-reviewed journal papers. Recently Dr McDonald has co-authored a comparative literature review with Stephen Janz, “The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review”, sponsored and published by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association of Australia Ltd (AACMA). Dr McDonald has presented workshops, lectures and conference papers in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Estoril in Portugal, Salvador da Bahia in Brazil; Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and Kansas City in USA; Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Taupo in New Zealand; Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast and Coolum in Australia.

Currently, Dr McDonald is an Adjunct Senior-Lecturer in the School of Medicine at Griffith University (where he conducted his PhD research into the immunological mechanisms underpinning the effects of acupuncture in allergic rhinitis). Dr McDonald is also Vice-President for Research of the Acupuncture Now Foundation, President of Acupuncture Now Foundation Australia, a sessional lecturer and Honours student supervisor at the Endeavour College of Natural Health and a reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals including Nature, BMJ, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. John has also recently been appointed to the Editorial Board of Digital Chinese Medicine at Hunan University of Chinese Medicine.

Terms of Appointment: Nov 2019 – Oct 2021