Professor Richard Fleming
Phone: +61 2 4221 3422
Office: Innovation Campus 233.G07
- Director of the NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre
- Professor, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong
Richard Fleming is a psychologist who has worked with the elderly for more than thirty years. While occupying the position of Regional Coordinator of Mental Health Services in the S.E. Region of N.S.W. he played a major role in the deinstitutionalisation of psychiatric services by leading the design and development of the CADE units for the NSW Department of Health. Nine of these units for the Confused and Disturbed Elderly were built to replace services provided by psychiatric hospitals.
Between 1995 and 2010 he was the Director of the HammondCare Dementia Services Development Centre. 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 focussed on people whose behaviours cause concern.
In late 2010 he was appointed as a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Science Medicine and Health in the University of Wollongong and as Director of the NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre. 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.
He is the Environmental and Assistive Technology node leader in the UNSW based Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Chief Investigator in 2 National Health and Medical Research Council funded projects.