L. J. Goody Bioehtics Centre
Rev Dr Joseph Parkinson STL PhD

Fr Joseph Parkinson completed undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology at St Charles Regional Seminary, Guildford WA and St Francis Xavier Seminary, Rostrevor SA between 1974 and 1980.

After ordination to priesthood in March 1981 he was appointed to a number of parishes before commencing postgraduate studies in moral theology at the Alphonsianum in Rome in 1986. Working under Prof. Terry Kennedy CSsR, he attained a Licence in Theology summa cum laude in 1988.

Fr Parkinson then served six years as Director of Youth Ministry in Perth, and two years as Dean of Studies at St Charles Seminary. In 1996 he resumed postgraduate research through the Alphonsianum and the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle WA, and in 2002 was awarded a PhD with distinction for a thesis entitled Material Cooperation and Catholic Institutions: An inquiry into a traditional moral principle and its meaning for Catholic institutions today, with reference to Catholic hospitals in Australia.

Following a short spell as parish priest of Bayswater, WA, Fr Parkinson was appointed Director of the L J Goody Bioethics Centre in Glendalough, WA, at the beginning of 2003.

Since 1993 Fr Parkinson has presented sessional units in moral philosophy, moral theology and bioethics at St Charles Seminary and the University of Notre Dame Australia, and occasional lectures at other State universities. He regularly presents professional development and adult education programs for educators, health professionals and parishes in Western Australia.

For over 20 years Fr Parkinson has also worked on numerous ethics committees:

1989-1993 Committee for the Conduct of Ethical Research, Edith Cowan University, WA
1992-1996 Human Rights Committee, University of Western Australia
1997-2006 Confidentiality of Health Information Committee, Health Dept of WA
1999- St John of God Health Care (Western Region) Ethics Committee
2000- Reproductive Technology Council, Health Dept of WA
2002-2005 Genomics Branch Ethics Committee, Health Dept of WA
2003- Mercy Ethics Committee, Mt Lawley WA
2006- Clinical Ethics Consultancy Service, Women’s and Children’s Health Services WA
Rev Dr Peter Hung Tran STD

Peter Hung Manh Tran was born in South Vietnam. After migrating to Australia as a refugee in 1982, he was ordained a priest in 1994.

He obtained a Bachelor of Theology in 1992 at the Melbourne College of Divinity through Yarra Theological Union. Master of Theology in 1998 at the Notre Dame Catholic University in Fremantle, Western Australia and a Doctor of Moral Theology in 2003 at the Alphonsian Academy, Pontifical University of Lateran, Rome. He has lectured in moral theology at the Redemptorist Major Seminary in Vietnam.

Over the last several years he has published various articles on the bioethical issues, such as the origins of human life, contraception and abortion, plus general articles on grace and prayer and the morality of married life.
He is also the author of three books, including Advancing the Culture of Death: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (Melbourne: Freedom Publishing Company, 2006). His current interest is human cloning and stem cell research.

He is presently working at the L.J. Goody Bioethics Centre in Western Australia as a Consultant, as well as sessional lecturer in Moral Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia and at Good Shepherd College in Auckland, New Zealand.