Dr Stephen Judd appointed a member of the Order of Australia

Stephen Judd Order of Australia member HammondCareHammondCare CEO Mike Baird has congratulated his predecessor Dr Stephen Judd on being appointed a member of the Order of Australia “for significant services to older persons living with dementia”. 

“All of us at HammondCare congratulate Stephen on this well-deserved honour, not only for the remarkable contribution he has made to HammondCare’s innovative approach to dementia care, but for what he will continue to contribute as he advocates for people living with dementia.”Mr Baird said Stephen’s passion to champion the lives of people with dementia, and also the frontline workers who support them, was a legacy HammondCare was determined to continue.

Dr Judd was Chief Executive of HammondCare for 25 years from 1995 to 2020 and during this time HammondCare led the way in developing the small household or cottage design for dementia care homes, which now has the backing of the Aged Care Royal Commission for the preferred approach to aged care design.

He also worked for improvements in areas such as special dementia care programs for people with very severe symptoms of dementia and the development of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, and he saw HammondCare grow to become one of Australia’s most significant charities and dementia care providers.

Dr Judd told Australian Ageing Agenda that he was surprised to be honoured with an AM but was happy to use it as an opportunity to further advocate for older Australians and people with dementia.

“For me the issue is continuing to promote the issue of dementia and dementia care at a time when there’s lots of other issues that people…are focused on, like COVID-19.”

Learn more about HammondCare’s dementia design approach and model of care.