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For people with disabilities who have complex health and support needs, the experience of being in hospital and the transition out of hospital can be particularly challenging. The risks for the person and their family are high. Getting the support they need, when they need it, requires know-how and collaboration from everyone around them. In particular, they need two large systems – the health system and the NDIS – to be working effectively together.

Health Practitioners are crucial in this, and they need resources that are specific to working with this group of patients.

With funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Summer Foundation has developed tailored resources for health practitioners. These resources cover the entire hospital journey for people with disabilities, from admission to discharge back into the community:

Getting the Language Right

How to write effective support documentation for people with disabilities and complex health and support needs seeking access to the NDIS.
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NDIS and Health: Working together

A guide for health practitioners and NDIS staff supporting people in their journey from hospital admission, to discharge and safe and supported transition back into community life.
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Getting ready for NDIS planning

A toolkit for people with disabilities whose health status calls for specific recognition and tailored support, and who need this to be visible and documented in their NDIS Plans. This toolkit assists them to identify, explore and be ready to include their specific health issues and health risks in their NDIS Plans.

The toolkit is made up of distinct parts. You can download each part below:

About this toolkit DOWNLOAD

1. Disability and health supports and how the NDIS defines them DOWNLOAD

2. My details and preferences DOWNLOAD

3. What would a great life be for me? DOWNLOAD

4. About my health – being prepared for NDIS planning DOWNLOAD

5. If circumstances change DOWNLOAD

6. About my health – being prepared for hospital admission DOWNLOAD

7. Sources (and further information) DOWNLOAD

For the past year the we have been working on a number of toolkits that promote better connections between the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), hospitals, residential aged care (RAC) providers and aged care assessment teams (ACAT).

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NDIS

Participant Led Videos

We are developing a series of videos featuring people with disabilities, to help train health care and support workers about the complex needs of people with disability.
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Aged Care Project

The Summer Foundation has been funded to work with the aged care sector across Australia to improve outcomes for NDIS participants.
Read more about this project >


HOUSING

Rapid Interim Housing

This project seeks to addresses the gap between leaving hospital or rehab and finding appropriate permanent housing.
Read more about this project >

Tenancy Matching Project

The Summer Foundation’s Tenancy Matching Service (TMS) launched in 2017 to help SDA providers identify potential tenants.
Read more about this project >

Separating Housing and Support Toolkit

This toolkit helps organisations separate their housing and support options by providing information and understanding as to why separation is important.
Read more about this project >

The Housing Hub

A new website launched in 2017 which connects people with disability to accessible housing vacancies and provides a library of resources to help NDIS participants achieve greater independence. Visit thehousinghub.org.au
Read more about this project >

Get Building SDA

The Get Building SDA initiative aims to provide information, connections and resources to get Australia building quality housing for people with disability.
Read more about this project >


COMMUNITY AND PRIMARY HEALTH

Participant Led Videos

We are developing a series of videos featuring people with disabilities, to help train health care and support workers about the complex needs of people with disability.
Read more about this project >


PATHWAYS HOME

Redesigning the hospital–NDIS pathway

The Summer Foundation, with two regional hospitals and the NDIS, is testing new hospital discharge approaches to improve the pathways back to the community.
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NDIS readiness for hospitals

We are working with NDIS participants and hospital discharge professionals to better understand what happens when people’s needs suddenly change and develop a rapid response practice model.
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Hospital discharge readiness

We are drawing on case studies, research and experience to promote good practice around the long-term care and discharge of people with complex support needs and share knowledge to local health networks to build capacity.
Read more about this project >

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