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Steve McDonald is co-director and senior information specialist at Cochrane Australia where he is responsible for the learning and education program. He has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews for Cochrane, as well as a range of government agencies, including WHO and Australia’s NHMRC. His research interests include innovations to enhance the efficiency of study identification through automation, methods to support living systematic reviews and guidelines, and reporting of systematic reviews. He is the information specialist with the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce and National Stroke Foundation guidelines, and a member of the PRISMA 2020 group.

Steve was a co-lead on Project Transform, a three-year flagship health evidence project funded by NHMRC and Cochrane, that developed machine classifiers to improve the efficiency of study identification. He is currently evaluating the application of these new technologies to support living systematic reviews and living guidelines through a part-time PhD.

Steve graduated in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1991. He has a Masters in Information Science from Loughborough University and a Graduate Diploma in International Health from Monash University. In 2015 he graduated from the Asialink Leaders Program. As part of Cochrane Australia's international responsibilities, he has helped establish and support Cochrane networks in South East Asia and East Asia. He was an elected member of Cochrane's Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015, and previously managed Cochrane’s international training program.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Director, Cochrane (United Kingdom)

Oct 2008Oct 2015

Advisory Board, University of Adelaide

2003Mar 2015

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