Trained as a clinical psychologist in London and occupied the positions of Head of Psychology, Kenmore Hospital and Regional Coordinator of Mental Health Services in the SE Region of NSW between 1979 and 1992. Founding Director of HammondCare’s Dementia Centre 1995 – 2010. While there he led a team that, amongst many other things, delivered training to 14,000 aged and health care staff under the Australian Governments Dementia Care Essentials programme and completed an Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care project focused on people whose behaviours cause concern.
Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Science Medicine and Health in the University of Wollongong 2010-2019 where he was the Executive Director of the Dementia Training Study Centre and Dementia Training Australia. He has published papers on environmental design, reminiscing therapy, reality orientation, assessment of the elderly and service evaluation and is the principal author of books on care planning for people with dementia, environmental design and a comparison between Australian and Japanese dementia care.
Currently Honorary Professorial Fellow in the University of Wollongong specialising in environmental design for people living with dementia. Current Research Projects include Safe and Just Futures for people with dementia (Dementia Australian Research Foundation), and Connecting the PIECES for people with dementia (UOW Global Challenges Keystone Program).