Professor John Snowdon
John Snowdon’s first job in old age psychiatry was in 1973, as a registrar in London, so he saw the sub-specialty in its formative years. He has taken a major interest in old age psychiatry since moving to Sydney to be a specialist at Prince of Wales Hospital in 1977. He became Director of Community Health in Eastern Sydney in 1983 but moved into full-time old age psychiatry in 1989. He moved to Central Sydney in 1992 to be director of psychogeriatric services, working with a community team based in Glebe and then Camperdown, and working with an inpatient team at Rozelle Hospital until the move to Concord Hospital in 2008. He was the inaugural chair of the RANZCP’s Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age from 1999 to 2001, and was on the Board of the International Psychogeriatric Association. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Sydney University. He has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to various textbooks. With Graeme Halliday and Sube Banerjee he wrote/edited ‘Severe Domestic Squalor’ in 2012. His particular research interests have been squalor and hoarding, late life depression, suicide, nursing home psychiatry and delusional disorder.
He was awarded an A.M. in 2003 for services to mental health.
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