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Dr. McArdle's research interests are in women's health research with a particular focus on maternal and child health during the perinatal stages and medical education research particularly within a rural setting.

Dr. Adelle McArdle completed her PhD in 2009 from the Department of Physiology at Monash University with a dissertation entitled 'The effect of a mild and moderate model of maternal hypertension on placental development'. This research was concerned with the role of hypertension on the developmental origins of health and adult disease, specifically the physiological mechanisms that may be implicated to confer these developmental changes.

Since her PhD, Dr McArdle’s research is aimed at improving assessment, treatment and patient and clinician education around the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the lactating breast (mastitis) and to investigate and understand the relevant enablers and barriers to successful breastfeeding for Australian women. Dr McArdle’s overarching research vision is to utilise evidence to support Australian breastfeeding women and the clinicians who provide care for them in (rural/regional) Australia, to improve the rates of breastfeeding in Australia, and ensure that the benefits of breastfeeding to the health of both mother and baby as well as the economic and environmental benefits of breastfeeding are realised.

Research interests

  • Breastfeeding and issues surrounding breastfeeding including lactational mastitis
  • Developmental origins of health and adult disease
  • Maternal and child health
  • Medical education research


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

University Associate, Curtin University

31 Jul 2018 → …

Research area keywords

  • Health care evaluation
  • Health education
  • Maternal and child health
  • Population health
  • breastfeeding

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