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Sheila Macdonald, MN

Sheila Macdonald is the provincial coordinator of the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care and Treatment Centres (SATC), which links Ontario's 33 hospital-based sexual assault care and treatment centres. She is an associate member, School of Graduate Studies, at the University of Toronto's faculty of nursing. In 2006, she received the International Association of Forensic Nurses' Achievement award.

Research and Academic Interests:
Ms. Sheila Macdonald is involved in a number of studies of sexual assault care and treatment services. She developed the original proposal for a program of universal HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for Ontario sexual assault survivors and has been a co-investigator on the HIV PEP Study throughout the life of this pilot study. She continues to work on the HIV PEP Knowledge to Action project which will facilitate the implementation of this province wide program now that provincial funding for the service has been received.

In addition to the HIV PEP Study, Ms. Macdonald has fostered the Ontario Network of SATC's participation in several research studies to optimise sexual assault care, including a current two-year study examining the use of drugs in facilitating sexual assault. She is dedicated to the use of scientific evidence to inform clinical practice in Ontario's SATCs. With more than 15 years of clinical experience as an on-call nurse, Ms. Macdonald is an avid educator and has taught in the area of sexual assault/domestic violence across Canada, in South Africa, Costa Rica and the United States. She also provided leadership to the development of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) role in Ontario by authoring the proposal for annual SANE training funding, submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


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