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We aim to keep people talking about the issue of young people in aged care and the ways it can solved. You can stay informed about our work and see our latest news and media coverage here.

Welcome to our 2021 Winter Update

Welcome to our winter update. It comes at a time of greater public focus on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), particularly around new independent assessments, personalised budgets and challenges within the specialist disability accommodation (SDA) sector.
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Houses in neighbourhood

Construction Code Changes Can Future-Proof Homes

Source: The Urban Developer |   Author:  Di Winkler

Australia’s building ministers at their meeting on April 30 decided to include minimum accessibility standards in the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC).

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House interior

Accessibility becomes the new standard

Source: Probono Australia |   Author: Di Winkler & Peter Mulherin

Australia’s building ministers have decided to include accessible design features in the National Construction Code. Di Winkler and Peter Mulherin look at what that means.

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Time to future proof Australian housing

Source: Probono Australia  |  Author: Di Winkler and Peter Mulherin


Only a mandatory approach to accessibility standards will future-proof Australia’s housing…
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Understanding accessibility features

The Summer Foundation and La Trobe University are conducting national surveys of people with a mobility impairment and occupational therapists (OTs) about housing accessibility features.
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Summer Foundation welcomes new Board members

The Summer Foundation is pleased to welcome 2 new Board members, as part of an active Board renewal process designed to strengthen the diversity, strategic capacity and breadth of expertise on the Summer…
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Welcome to our 2020 spring update

It’s a particularly exciting time for me as the Summer Foundation starts the next stage of our journey to ensure people with disability have access to the support they need to control where they live and who they live with.
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Tom Butler Q & A

Tom Butler is the provider of his own Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). He moved into his SDA unit in Tasmania in 2019. We asked him about the journey to becoming his own SDA provider.
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Support for NDIS review report

Recommendations released today, 20 January 2020, following a review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by independent expert Mr David Tune AO PSM, should unlock the benefits of the scheme…
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NDIS training held at Broadmeadows

Source: Northern Health | Photo: Northern Health

Northern Health has partnered with the Summer Foundation to up skill our staff in how we work with the NDIS…

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Summer Foundation leadership change

The Summer Foundation Board is extremely pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr Di Winkler as CEO of the Summer Foundation. Di is founder of the Summer Foundation…
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Allen Martin Research Scholarship 2019

The Summer Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Allen Martin Research Scholarship 2019, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Kew and Robinson Gill Lawyers.
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‘No leadership’ on aged care

The Morrison government’s “Claytons action plan” for younger people in residential aged care was symptomatic of a “distinct lack of leadership” on the issue, the Aged Care Royal Commission has heard.
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Get All young out of aged care: commission

Source: 7 News  |  Reporter: Megan Neil
A federal government plan will not do enough to stop the pipeline of younger people ending up in aged care and help those already “lost” in nursing homes, a royal commission…
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Aged Care Inquiry

THE NDIA says is confident it will be able to significantly reduce the number of people under the age of 65 living in aged care.
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Young in aged care a ‘national disgrace’

An aged care royal commissioner says the system of younger people with disabilities being stuck in nursing homes is at best a national embarrassment and at worst a national disgrace.
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Where to next for SDA?

Source: Social Ventures Australia | Reporter: Rebecca Thomas

How can improvements to the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) landscape be made to deliver high quality housing…

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Dr Di Winkler awarded Order of Australia

Summer Foundation founder, Dr Di Winkler has been appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division), for significant service to people with a disability.
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Reasonable and Necessary podcast

The Summer Foundation’s very own Dr George Taleporos is back with a third series of his popular podcasts – aimed at helping you make sense of the NDIS.
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Thinking About SDA

The NDIS is life-changing for many people with disability – especially if you are eligible for specialist disability accommodation (SDA) funding.
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Announcing UpSkill

For NDIS Support Coordinators who are working with participants who have complex support needs.
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SDA reforms welcomed

Joint Statement from the Summer Foundation and Youngcare Announcements today about reforms to the Specialist Disability Accommodation Framework for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been welcomed by the Summer Foundation and Youngcare.
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Advocating for young in aged care

An advocacy group for young people in nursing homes is hosting a workshop in Traralgon to ensure those voices are heard in the aged care royal commission.
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Where the heart is

Source: Monash Life | Reporter: Melissa Marino When it comes to people’s homes, neither Dr Di Winkler nor Dan McKenna are prepared to accept the status quo. The occupational therapist and architect are challenging…
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Applications Open for new apartments

Applications are open for Summer Housing apartments in quality new developments in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba and Sydney suburb of Rockdale.
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Home Comforts

A scratch on her leg dramatically changed Deb Huismann’s life forever. Her story is a great example of why our work to keep young people out of aged care is so important.
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Get Us Out

Last week the Prime Minister announced the Australian Government would hold a Royal Commission into aged care. The Summer Foundation’s George Taleporos tells us why…
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Get building SDA

Our Get Building SDA initiative has been launched in regional NSW. Get Building SDA aims to increase the number of SDA properties for NDIS participants and, as a result…
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Opportunities to tell your story

The Summer Foundation is looking for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to create personal digital stories that capture their experience of hospital discharge, housing or living as a young…
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Life After the Nursing Home

At the age of 21, Summer Foundation Ambassador James Nutt was living in a nursing home with little hope for his future. Over 13 years on, James reflects on how regaining his independence changed his outlook on life, and helped him find happiness.
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NEW NDIS WORLD: AN AMBITIOUS REFORM

The Summer Foundation recently held a forum on young people living in nursing homes and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a discussion about reality, expectations and the unknown.
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Breakfast Club Lecture Series 2016

Podcasts from the Summer Foundation’s 2016 Breakfast Club lecture series on brain injury rehabilitation are now available online and via the iTunes store.
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A New NDIS World

Two and a half years ago, Kirby Littley was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After surgery she had a number of strokes which led to an acquired brain injury. Kirby’s mother Carol Littley recalls how her family found out about the NDIS, and how the Scheme has helped Kirby to reach her goals. 
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Upstream without a walking stick

On Saturday 5 November, Mal Gibson will take on the Upstream 50km Challenge for the third year in a row, just three years since learning how to walk again.
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Return to Driving after Traumatic Brain Injury

In March, Pam Ross (Grade 4 Senior Occupational Therapist, Driving and Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator, Epworth Rehabilitation) delivered the first Breakfast Club Lecture of the year.
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Media Release: 7-10-15

The Summer Foundation is proud to launch its latest publication, New Housing Options For People with Significant Disability: Design Insights. The report provides insights into design based on our learnings from our housing demonstration projects in…
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Media Release: APF 2015

Young people with complex disabilities and high support needs are often moved into nursing homes direct from hospital or rehabilitation.
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Coming Home

Source: The Weekly Review Greater Geelong  |  Reporter: Julia Millard
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