Professor Doune Macdonald

Professor Doune Macdonald

At St Margaret’s 1967-1976

Doune Macdonald is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Queensland following her position as Head of the School of Human Movement Studies (2004-2013). She completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in Human Movement Studies at UQ before teaching Health and Physical Education in primary and secondary schools in NSW and Queensland including spending two years at St Margaret’s.

Joining the academic staff in Human Movement Studies at UQ in 1990, she obtained her PhD through Deakin University and has since researched aspects of Health and Physical Education, children and physical activity from socio-cultural and policy perspectives. In 1998 she won an Australian Award for University Teaching and in 2011 the UQ Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award.  Doune was also Lead Writer for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education released in 2015.

Doune holds a number of leadership roles in international professional and research organisations, research journal editorial boards, national and state advisory panels, and more locally, university and school directorships. She was honoured to serve on the St Margaret’s School Council (2007-2012) and currently sits on the Board of Brisbane Grammar School and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Doune lives in Brisbane with her husband Steven Leitch and is proud to be among four generations of St Margaret’s past pupils.