Donald has dedicated around 20 years to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, working in community health, research, strategic workforce planning, training and development, primary healthcare and health promotion. Currently Donald plays a role in the planning, development and delivery of Indigenous health subjects as part of the MBBS program. His work to establish a framework for community engagement and partnership between James Cook University and the Indigenous community, means health subjects are influenced by the needs of that community. Donald also liaises with health services in the region to promote and support the placement of students into the medical workforce. Donald is currently the Chair, Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services and in the past was a committee member for National Health and Medical Research Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Working Party (1996) and the Project Management Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Competency Standards (1994).