Former HammondCare CEO appointed inaugural COTA Fellow

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Dr Stephen Judd AM, who served as CEO of HammondCare for more than 25 years, has been appointed as Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia’s first ever Fellow.

COTA’s honorary Fellowships will see recipients contribute to the organisation’s intellectual and policy aims, as well as increasing its public profile; recipients are drawn from those who have already made a “substantial contribution to Australian public life” and have since retired or stepped back to part-time work.

According to COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates, the initial phase of the Fellowship program will focus on four key areas including transformative aged care reform; impact of social fragmentation on older people; taxation and superannuation; and First Nations elders and communities.

“Particular foci of Stephen’s Fellowship will be the future of residential aged care (especially dementia care), enhancing COTA’s input to the aged care reform process, and initiatives addressing social isolation and connectedness among older Australians.

“COTA Australia looks forward to Stephen Judd’s strong contribution to our advocacy of the rights and interest of older people, especially those in need of additional support and care in later years,” he said.

Dr Judd was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January, for his “significant service to older people living with dementia”.