Executive Medical Director to stand down after 12 years of service


Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (Justice Health NSW) would like to acknowledge Executive Medical Director, Dr Stephen Hampton, who will be stepping down from the role after 12 years of service.

Dr Hampton has been an integral member of the Justice Health NSW Executive Team overseeing the improvement of healthcare for people in contact with the criminal justice system.

In his time, he has helped to drive change through the adoption of electronic medication systems, improved medical staffing models and new clinical engagement strategies. He also championed quality improvements for patients across the criminal justice space.

Chief Executive, Justice Health NSW, Wendy Hoey said Dr Hampton had gone above and beyond to support the organisation through some of the biggest challenges in its history, including the response to COVID-19 in correctional and forensic mental health settings.

“It is with great sadness that we see Dr Stephen Hampton step down from his role of Executive Medical Director at Justice Health NSW. Dr Hampton has played a key role over the last twelve years and will be sorely missed,” Ms Hoey said.

“He has supported the organisation through various challenges and major transitions throughout his time and actively worked to raise the profile of custodial health externally.”

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Dr Hampton established the Specific Interest Group of Custodial Health in the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was also the lead author in the resource, “Tips for providing health care for people in prison” published by the RACGP. He has worked with industry groups to lobby for reforms which impact the care of people in prison and was involved in medical leadership at a state level starting the NSW Medical Leadership Group under the Clinical Excellence Commission.

“While Dr Hampton will continue to be involved in caring for patients through his medical clinics, he has made the decision to step down from the Executive to spend more time with his family.”

Executive Medical Director, Justice Health NSW, Dr Stephen Hampton, said it had been an honour working for an organisation which cares for some of the most vulnerable members of society.

“It is with mixed emotions that I have made the hard decision to step down from my role as Executive Medical Director after 12 years. I have had a wonderful journey and feel blessed to have worked for an organisation that delivers such important services to vulnerable people in our community. As a collective, we have made great strides improving the care we provide to our patients and I look forward to seeing more,” Dr Hampton said.

“Working here has been a pleasure and to that end I intend continuing on as a part time clinician. The people who choose to work for Justice Health NSW are drawn to the purpose of caring for vulnerable people and that is why many end up staying with us for much of their careers.”

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and feel this decision has come at the right time as I leave you with a strong Executive Team who are laser focused on transforming lives by delivering healthier tomorrows.”

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