About Us

Established in 2006, the Summer Foundation’s aim is to resolve the issue of young people living in nursing homes.


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The issue

Hundreds of young Australians with disability enter nursing homes every year. Their lives are characterised by boredom, loneliness and grief, with 53% receiving a visit from a friend less than once per year. These are people who could live in the community if they were provided the right support at the right times.
Read more about the issue of young people with disability in nursing homes >

Our focus

To achieve change in policy and practice in relation to young people in nursing homes, we are focussing on four strategic priority areas.
Read more about our priority areas and the tools we are using to affect change >

Our Projects

With the roll out of the NDIS, the Summer Foundation has taken on an unprecedented number of projects that aim to inform, educate and influence policy change around the issue of young people in nursing homes and achieve better outcomes for people with disability in the wider community.
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News & media

As key advocates for young people in nursing homes, we aim to keep people talking about the issue and the ways it can be resolved. You can stay informed about our work by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram, read our most recent news and media coverage or subscribe to our regular news updates.