A/Professor Stephen Macfarlane is Head of Clinical Services for Dementia Support Australia. A geriatric psychiatrist by training, he is the current Binational Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age for the RANZCP (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists), the principal organisation representing the medical specialty of psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand. He joined HammondCare in 2016 as Head of Clinical Governance for The Dementia Centre.
Dr Stephen Macfarlane graduated from Monash University, Melbourne in 1991. He spent the next 17 years at Peninsula Health, a community health centre in Frankston, Victoria, prior to becoming a psychiatrist in 2003 and being appointed Director of Aged Psychiatry in 2005.
In 2008 he spent some time on secondment as Deputy Chief Psychiatrist for Victoria prior to being appointed as Associate professor and Director of Aged Psychiatry at Alfred Health, the main provider of health services in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne and a major provider of specialist statewide services to the people of Victoria. Steve spent 11 years working as the Director of these two metropolitan public aged psychiatry services in Melbourne prior to helping establish the Severe Behaviour Response Team (SBRT) in 2015. Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT) help aged care providers who care for people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in residential aged care settings. They provide expert and timely advice when needed. He has been intimately involved in the establishment of national DBMAS and SDCP programs. He has worked with DSA since its establishment.