Dr Sandie Cornish is a practitioner in the field of Catholic Social Teaching. She works with the Office for Social Justice of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and in private practice as a consultant. Sandie is a sessional lecturer with the Australian Catholic University. She has been Director of Quality and Community Engagement for the Sydney College of Divinity, Province Director of Mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia and New Zealand, and has worked with the Good Shepherd Sisters in research and social policy. She also worked with the Australian Jesuits assisting in research, policy, planning, and formation in their social ministries.
Sandie was the Social Justice Education Coordinator for the Diocese of Broken Bay where she had responsibility for the coordination of adult faith programs in social justice, and the development of academic programs in Catholic Social Teaching offered in distance mode through the Broken Bay Institute.
Prior to joining The Broken Bay Institute, Sandie led the highly regarded Hong Kong based international human rights agency, the Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples. She was the first woman to head a national agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, serving as the National Executive Officer of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council for five years.
Sandie played a significant role in each of the major research and consultation activities of the Bishops’ Committee for Justice, Development and Peace during the late 1980’s and 1990’s.
Sandie holds a PhD in Practical Theology, a Licentiate in Catholic Social Doctrine and Ethics from the Pontifical Gregorian University, a Master of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Economics.