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Assoc. Prof. Patrick McArdle Name: Assoc. Prof. Patrick McArdle
Campus Dean (Canberra)
+612 6209 1110
+612 6209 1160
Organisational Area
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Ethics)
Campus Dean (Canberra)
Building 301 - Veritas Building(127 Phillip Avenue, Watson ACT 2602)-Level 1-Room301.1.11
Biographical Information

Campus Dean, Signadou 2009 -


Head, Schools of Theology (ACT and NSW) 2005 - 2006, Assistant Head, National School of Theology 2007

Lecturer at Signadou Campus since 1999
Lecturer at Sydney Campuses since 1996
I have graduate qualifications in Theology - including a PhD in Practical Theology, and Masters degrees in Moral Theology and Education and in Canon Law.

Books and Chapters:
Relational Health Care: A Practical Theology of Personhood  Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing 2008 ISBN : 978-3-639-05712-6
On Being Pastoral (with Dr A. Tuohy) Deakin, ACT: Catholic Health Australia 2007 ISBN:9780957895331
"Theology, Relationship and Leadership in Catholic Education" 4th International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership&ndash Sydney (July &ndash August 2007) ISBN: 0 949233 27 7
Journal Publications:

"Levinas and Responsibility for the Other: A practical theological analysis of the cases of Nancy Crick and Terri Schiavo" Australian EJournal of Theology Volume 13 (March 2009)

"Transforming Relationships: paradigm shift in tertiary teaching and learning through partnerships with stakeholders to achieve formation goals" (co-authored with Dr A. Tuohy and Ms T. Vassarotti)
"Social Inclusion: A Theological Perspective" Health Matters, n. 49 (February 2009) {Reprinted in the Catholic Weekly February 15, 2009 and in the Catholic Leader February 22, 2009}.
"Organ Retrieval and Brain Death" Health Matters, n. 49 (February 2009).
"Environmental Relationships" Health Matters, n.48 (October 2008).
"Pragmatism to Prophecy: a process of discernment and renewal" Health Matters, n.47 (July 2008).
"The Questions of Euthanasia &ndash a theological perspective" Health Matters, n. 46 (May 2008) {Reprinted in the Catholic Weekly May 26, 2008}.
Policy Papers:
"Social Inclusion and Catholic Health Care" Catholic Health Australia Policy Paper, February 2009.

My primary research is related to Christian Anthropology - the study of the human person.  I apply my findings in this field to Practical Theology and Christian Ethics, especially in the field of health care. A second are of research interest is about effective teaching and learning in Theology.  My recent publications centre on health care and Christian anthropology on models of formation for those engaged in ministries and other Church based activities and, the educational impact of relational personhood. 

My research interests in the last year have focused on canonical considerations related to the forthcoming Plenary Council


Health care ethics, including relational models of health care

Theological education and professional formation

Public policy, health and welfare

Professional Memberships

Chair, Archdiocesan Catholic Education Commission

Member ACT Chapter of Australian Catholic University

Fellow, Association of Practical Theology in Oceania

Member, Australian Catholic Theology Association

Member, Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand


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