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Program Director, Torrens University Australia

Dr Hayden McDonald is an award-winning academic with strong business acumen gained from more than 15 years of working in academic and professional roles. Currently, Dr McDonald is the Program Director of Torrens University's Master of Business Analytics program. As a chartered accountant, he provided financial and operational performance analysis and strategic advice to hundreds of organisations across the globe.


  • 2019–2023
    Program Director, Torrens University
  • 2016–2019
    Lecturer, Griffith University


  • 2019 
    Griffith University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2003 
    Auckland University of Technology, Bachelor of Business (Honours)


  • 2022
    An exploration of the health promotion program activities implemented by Universities: Have we got the right balance? , Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
  • 2022
    Progressing sustainable development goals through well designed workplace initiatives, Leading Ethical Leaders: Higher Education, Business Schools and SDGs
  • 2021
    An investigation of the health promoting practices of eight Australian universities, Health Promotion International

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Making Management Controls inclusive
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    CPA Australia

Professional Memberships

  • CPA Australia

Research Areas

  • Accounting, Auditing And Accountability (1501)