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Dr. Stephen E. Judd

Chief Executive

Dr. Stephen E. Judd's studies contribute to dementia care, aged care design and the role of charities in contemporary Australian society.

Languages : English


Stephen Judd has more than 25 years’ experience in the health care and information technology industries. Dr Judd has been Chief Executive of HammondCare since 1995 and in that time he has overseen the growth and development of the organisation’s services. When he began, HammondCare served fewer than 250 clients and had an annual revenue of $8 million. Today, it provides care and services to more than 3,800 clients and its revenue for FY15 was $187 million. Dr Judd has written, edited and contributed to books on dementia care, aged care design and the role of charities in contemporary Australian society. He has served on numerous government and industry committees and is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.


Mobile teams will improve knowledge and care of BPSD: Judd
Australian Ageing Agenda

October 23, 2015

HammondCare chief executive officer Stephen Judd said that the teams would be staffed by clinicians such as senior nurses and clinical psychologists, in association with geriatricians. The provider would have “both partners and personnel in every state,” he said of the staffing for the new network.The SBRTs replace the former Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement, which the government suspended after it blew out its $11 million budget to over $135 million in its first year and sparked a debate about the number of residents who have BPSD in residential aged care.Dr Judd said that, by the middle of next year, the SBRTs would provide a better understanding of the number of residents with BPSD.

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Straight shooter with a soul
Sydney Morning Herald

October 06, 2012

Stephen Judd says his mother's decade of dementia was probably the happiest time of her life. It is a surprising observation from a man who has spent the past 17 years running HammondCare, one of the nation's premier aged care charities, which specialises in dementia care.I had expected Judd to tell me that Ida's declining years were horrible, that perhaps she had been holed up in a four-bed ward that reeked of urine and sadness. I had imagined an unhappy personal experience had spurred Judd to dedicate his life to revolutionising the care of people with dementia.

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Aged care needs to kick its ‘drug habit’: Judd
Australian Ageing Agenda

July 01, 2014

HammondCare chief executive Dr Stephen Judd has called on aged care providers to “ditch their drug habit” and take responsibility for the role they play in the over-reliance on chemical restraint in the care of people with dementia.He said attempts to pass off the use of antipsychotics in aged care as simply a doctor-patient issue were “absolute rubbish” and a cop out from the sector.“What it fails to acknowledge is that often doctors are prescribing at the behest of aged care staff,” he told the Risky Business 2 international dementia conference on Thursday.He said denial was not a mature response to this important issue and some industry peak associations needed to stop playing the blame game.

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Budget: Changes to accreditation, restorative care, healthy ageing grants
Australian Ageing Agenda

May 13, 2015

Notwithstanding the finer details, HammondCare CEO Dr Stephen Judd described the introduction of short-term restorative care places into the aged care planning ratios as a “transformational change”.He said the ratio allowed for 125 aged care places per 1,000 people over 70 and that it was understood the new ratio would be two restorative care, 78 residential care and 45 home care.“Permanent residential aged care placement is no longer inevitable as a result of gradual functional decline. Instead, these new places provide an opportunity for older Australians to get back to the home of their choice for longer,” Dr Judd said.

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Hundreds of elderly patients occupy NSW hospital beds in queue for aged care
Sydney Morning Herald

April 03, 2015

HammondCare chief executive Stephen Judd said the government would save money by funding rehabilitation programs in the community under Medicare, instead of putting them in aged care.These could be done in a short-term stay environment or in people's own homes."They're cheap as chips," Mr Judd said."And people have got a strong motivation to improve because they're in their own homes and they probably want to stay there."

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Area of Expertise



Long-Term Care

Public Policy

Quality of Care

Social Technologies in Ageing


Elder Care

Health and Wellness

Health Care - Services

Public Policy


The University of Sydney : History

The University of Sydney : History

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