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Annual Public Forum


This year’s forum focuses on what housing and supports look like in this new era of the NDIS. Now is the time to explore how a reimagined NDIS could truly serve the people it was designed for! Join us on 25 November 2022.

Research library

By researching the issues at each stage of the critical pathways that lead young people to aged care we can provide the evidence needed to create the systems change that will solve this problem.

UpSkill is a Summer Foundation program that offers training and resources for NDIS professionals assisting people with complex support needs

Moving out of a nursing home

If you’re a person with disability living in a nursing home, or a group home, it can be really hard to imagine moving somewhere else.

This resource shares stories from people with disability who have moved out a nursing home.

Latest news and events


A reimagined NDIS

Annual Public Forum 2022

25 November 2022
The Arena, NAB Docklands VIC + ONLINE
The Summer Foundation’s 2022 Annual Public Forum will focus on what housing and supports look like in this new era of the NDIS.
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NDIS delays contributing to hospital bed shortage

Source: 7.30 Report (ABC) – Lauren Day & Laura Keewley
We’ve all heard about the shortage of hospital beds across the country but in fact, there are hundreds that could be available if they weren’t being used by patients who are technically well enough to go home but can’t.
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NDIS deep dive: Interview with Minister Bill Shorten

LATEST PODCAST EPISODE:
In the latest episode of Reasonable and Necessary, Dr George Taleporos speaks to new NDIS Minister Bill Shorten . He discusses what he’s learned about the NDIS since taking over, and what he’s going to do to rebuild it now that he’s in charge.
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At the start it was hard for me to talk about myself, but I loved it, it gives you a chance to tell your story and help some people along the way.

— Daniel Black, a man who previously lived in RAC

Thanks for the Staying Connected page. I found it useful and uplifting to know we are all in this together and great to hear from other people and read their stories.

— Salote, a person with disability

It is great to attend training that is relevant and can be applied to work practice with knowledgeable facilitators.

— Bridie West, Support Coordinator

I had no confidence in my ability to support someone through this process [SDA] but now I know I can after yesterday’s training. Although it’s a time consuming task, you have shown us we all have the skills to do well at it.

— Lisa Davis, Support Coordinator

Our research program

To solve the problem of young people living in aged care, we first have to understand it. This is what our research program is designed to do.

What does home mean to you?

In this video, we hear from tenants of Specialist Disability Accommodation about what it is that makes a place a home.

What is life like in residential aged care?

Andrew tells us what life is like for him as a young person living in aged care and what the barriers are for him to leave aged care.