National Squalor Conference Presenters

Professor John Snowdon

Professor John Snowdon is an old age psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in psycho-geriatrics. Based at Concord Hospital, he takes clinical responsibility for patients referred to a community aged care team in Camperdown, and during the last decade he and his colleagues have collected data and observed outcomes in referred cases of severe domestic squalor. Because of their concerns about a lack of coordination between agencies, Professor Snowdon led and convened a Reference Group that produced a report to DADHC in 2004, together with recommendations for action and guidelines for intervention in cases of squalor. He and Graeme Halliday have been recognised internationally for highlighting (in articles and presentations) the problems encountered in such cases.

Professor Snowdon has had a clinical academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University since 1992, and prior to that worked in Eastern Sydney, with a conjoint appointment to the School of Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He was the inaugural chair of the RANZCP's Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and is on the Board of the International Psychogeriatric Association. He chairs the IPA's Task Force on mental health services in long-term care facilities. With his research activities largely in old age psychiatry, Professor Snowdon has published over 100 publications, and he has been active in several NGOs, including the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2003, received a RANZCP Citation for special service to psychiatry in 2002 and an FPOA Citation for special services to old age psychiatry in 2003.