Donna is a graduate of The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Hons). She obtained her Ph.D. at the Australian National University and began her career as a researcher in the biomedical sciences, initially working in the United States. She returned to the ANU as recipient of a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) QEII Fellowship. Subsequently, she was awarded the Howard Florey Young Investigator Medal. During her research career, Donna published over 30 papers, including articles in Nature, Science, Cell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and Oncogene.
After leaving research in 1998, Donna worked in science communication and completed a Masters in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) at Monash University. She spent two years working in the Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) in public policy concerned with biotechnology and ethics, where she served as the Executive Officer of the DHS Human Research Ethics Committee and worked on the development of two codes of ethical practice.
Donna’s period at DHS was followed by four years as Associate Professor and Director of the Strategic Projects Development Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. During this time, Donna and her team of project officers contributed to more than 50 research and education initiatives across the faculty. Major projects for which she was responsible included:
Since establishing darcy associates in 2008, Donna has built on her diverse project experience and has been a significant contributor to initiatives aimed at improving and expanding the clinical education and training capacity of Victorian health services. She has also assisted newly established Medicare Locals and GP Super Clinics with strategic and operational tasks.
Donna is a highly skilled researcher, analyst, policy adviser and facilitator, who has extensive experience in managing project teams and working with diverse stakeholder groups.
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