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LIVE WEBINAR – Zoom
DATE: Thursday 26 October 2023, 12pm
Learn about supporting people who are involved in the NDIS and justice interface. Gain practical advice and tips from our expert panel about working in this complex space.
Redesigning NDIS 2.0 with Simon Duffy, an international perspective – Reasonable & Necessary podcast
Challenging NDIS decisions: Expert advice to get the support you need – Reasonable & Necessary podcast
A Logan man has had a groundbreaking victory against the NDIA after it tried unsuccessfully to kick him out of his one-bedroom unit and force him into a share house to cut costs.
NDIS review to recommend ‘big shifts’, will consider what constitutes ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports
The NDIS review is being urged by disability providers to reconsider eligibility criteria for the scheme and prioritise early intervention for autistic children to prevent “increased reliance” on the NDIS throughout their lives, as part of more than 700 submissions made to the review of the $40 billion scheme.
NDIS Review: Exclusive First Interview with Co-Chairs Bruce and Lisa – Reasonable & Necessary podcast
Three disability advocacy groups — Synapse, Youngcare and the Summer Foundation — have penned a letter to National Disability Insurance Minister Bill Shorten, Aged Care Minister Anika Wells and Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth, to address growing concerns of young Australians living with disability being placed into aged care.
A coalition of disability organisations is warning the government is on track to fail its target of having no young disabled people in nursing homes by 2025 and has called for a clear plan to achieve the goal recommended by the Royal Commission into aged care.
Source: The Conversation | Author: Di WinklerJust over three years ago, then-Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the federal government would finally solve the issue of young people with disability having to live in nursing homes. The government developed a strategy and committed to getting all young people out of aged care facilities by 2025.
Welcome to our new-look bi-monthly newsletter – Summer Foundation Focus.
Our role at the Summer Foundation is to influence others to change the systems that lead to young people living in aged care.
We are very keen to work with the Federal Government to stop the flow of young people into aged care.
Source: The Age – Henrietta Cook | Photo: Xavier Edwards and his father, Jase, in the Royal Children’s Hospital – Photographer: Wayne TaylorXavier Edwards has been stuck in hospital for 12 months and just wants to go home.
More than 10,000 younger people have died in residential aged care over the past decade, with new figures prompting calls for the government to implement ambitious timeframes to get people under 65 out of aged care and into suitable accommodation.
People with disabilities in group homes are suffering shocking abuse. New housing models could prevent harm
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was designed to be a market-based system that would shift power from government and providers to consumers.
The government’s plan to clear hospital beds by getting National Disability Insurance Scheme participants discharged sooner is saving the states “literally millions of dollars every day”, and a “frank” conversation is needed over how they can do more to support young disabled Australians, NDIS Minister Bill Shorten says.
Aida Janssen has lived a tough life. She was 12 when a bomb blast in her native Lebanon left her paralysed, the shrapnel causing scars which are still visible. At 29 she would get to live out a dream of moving to Australia, where she would settle in Canberra and start a family.
Younger people with disability are still living in residential aged care facilities as updates reveal key targets to move them into community settings with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support have not been met.
Last week’s budget revealed the rapidly escalating costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and rekindled fears among people with disability about its sustainability.
Participants say the NDIS is not delivering on its key purpose, but the government’s review provides an opportunity to go back to the drawing board.
More than 3000 properties for Australians with disabilities are sitting empty while NDIS participants languish in hospitals, group homes or aged care centres awaiting tick-offs from the agency.
DATE: Wednesday 30 November 2022,11am
Learn about supporting people who have behaviours of concern, understand some of the common causes to behaviour and understand the link between positive behaviour support, human rights and improving quality of life.
DATE: Monday 5 December 2022, 11am
We will discuss the challenges to timely discharge for NDIS participants stuck in hospital and share strategies to address these challenges.
In this episode of Reasonable and Necessary, Dr. George speaks with NDIS Commissioner Tracy Mackey about what you can do if you are unhappy with your NDIS services, including how to deal with unregistered providers, and how you can make a complaint to the commissioner.
The Summer Foundation would like to thank Selina Short for her service as a Director on the Summer Foundation board. Selina joined the Board on 17 November 2020.
We wish Selina the very best and thank her warmly for her service to Summer Foundation.
‘They treat you like a person, they ask you what you want’: what NDIS participants value in support workers
When the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was established almost a decade ago, it was envisaged people with disability would be empowered consumers. It was hoped their customer insights would shape new services designed to meet their specific needs and preferences.
In this episode of Reasonable and Necessary, Dr George speaks with Megan Topping (La Trobe University PhD research student) and Carl Thompson (NDIS participant and director of support coordination provider ‘Sort Your Support’) about what NDIS participants really want from support workers.
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.
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.
Eighteen months ago, a Melbourne woman named Leila had a stroke and went to a local hospital. After medical support over a few weeks, Leila was ready to be discharged from the hospital, but required some specialist support due to her disability.
Taxpayers are paying tens of millions of dollars for healthy patients who are stranded in Victorian public hospital beds due to a bureaucratic mess.
It is nearing ten years since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was legislated in the dying days of the Gillard government.
Research by the Summer Foundation and La Trobe University points to the breaking down of the relationship between NDIS participants and the NDIA.
A Melbourne woman with cerebral palsy is fighting to stay in her home just a year after moving in because the agency running the national disability insurance scheme has decided her funding is no longer “value for money”.
Government data shows 1,140 participants are stuck in hospital waiting for housing funding or other support before they can be released.
The state government has revealed that more than 200 Victorians with a disability were stuck in hospital for an average of 160 days after they were well enough to be discharged, and blamed the hold-up on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
This paper draws on the evidence provided by a series of workshops and interviews with on-site support providers, SDA providers, and tenants living in SDA apartments.
We are seeking input from support providers for improving the report and the recommendations. Please contact us by 30 June 2022.
NDIS participants like Alicia stuck in hospitals waiting for homes as specialist housing sits vacant, advocacy groups say
Alicia Appleby is 38 years old but she’s been living in a geriatric ward in a Melbourne hospital for more than 260 days. Ms Appleby has had two strokes, has a mild intellectual disability and needs constant care.
Australia has over 3,400 younger people living in aged care, due to a lack of timely funding for viable alternatives. Younger people living in aged care lose skills, social connection and hope. The federal government has committed to getting them out – but its targets will be difficult to achieve.
‘It’s shown me how independent I can be’ – housing designed for people with disabilities reduces the help needed
The federal government has been warning that the rising cost of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is unsustainable.
Connor Brookhouse didn’t want to live in a group disability home. So he appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and won.
Summer Foundation announces new Chairman and our response to NDIS Changes to Home and Living Supports
We are pleased to announce the new chair of Summer Foundation, Chris Leptos AM as Chairman Elect for the Summer Foundation. Chris is an experienced Director with a wealth of international corporate roles.
The Federal Budget is due to be delivered tomorrow night and many people with disability could benefit from funding if advocates’ demands are met.
Thousands of people with disability are waiting far too long for approval for the housing they need, causing stress and impacting their health, the members of a new campaign say.
The Morrison government is under pressure to end the bureaucratic delays being blamed for confining NDIS participants to hospital beds or forcing them into aged care homes.
Federal budget 2022: $54 million plan to get NDIS participants out of hospital pitched to Morrison government
The pre-election federal budget should include an extra $50 million to help get NDIS participants out of hospital and into suitable housing, according to a leading advocacy group.
As Aged Care News reported in November, utilising RACFs as accommodation for younger people, most of whom have a physical or intellectual disability, has come at a terrible cost to their wellbeing.
– Anna Christian
A newly released report shows the Government is still short of its target to have no one younger than 45 living in nursing homes, and no one younger than 65 entering aged care, by 2022.
Source: ABC News | Author: Nas CampanellaAlmost 4,000 young Australians with disability live in aged care too, and advocates say a broken system is preventing any progress on finding them somewhere else to live.
Source: Pro Bono | Author: Sabina Curatolo & Di WinklerA new industry report on investment funds in the specialist disability accommodation market highlights the need for greater government oversight to increase investor confidence, write Di Winkler and Sabina Curatolo.
Source: Australian Financial Review | Author: Michael BlebySpecialist housing for disabled people, which has grown from nothing into a $2.5 billion asset class in just five years, is poised to expand a further fivefold in response to demand for housing that meets the needs of an estimated 28,000 young people, a new industry report shows.
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.
Source: Probono Australia | Author: Di Winkler & Peter Mulherin
This Friday, Australia’s Building Ministers will choose whether accessibility standards will be voluntary or mandatory in the 2022 National Construction Code.
A new Summer Foundation resource is the first step in finding housing and moving patients with disability along the hospital discharge pathway more efficiently.
The Summer Foundation believes that the proposed midyear rollout of independent assessments should be postponed and an evidence based pilot, co-designed with people with disability, disability organisations and other experts in the field implemented.
The Aged Care Royal Commission wants younger people out of aged care but what are their accommodation options?
Source: ABC Radio National with Fran Kelly | Reporter: Eleni Psaltis | Image: James Hancock
Aged Care Royal Commission final report recommendations welcomed by disability advocacy organisations
Source: Australian Ageing Agenda | Author: Di Winkler
Our ageing population demands more accessible housing, writes Dr Di Winkler.
Source: ProBono | Author: Dr Di Winkler and Alecia Rathbone
People with high or complex disability support needs have traditionally had extremely…
Source: The Guardian | Author: Caro Llewellyn
My childhood was spent navigating my father’s disability. Then I was told I was facing…
Source: Pro Bono | Author: Dr Di Winker & Dr Peter Mulherin
Source: Australian Ageing Agenda | Author: Amelia Condi
There’s support for aged care providers as they transition to NDIS and start providing more choice and control for people with disability, writes Amelia Condi.
Source: Probono Australia | Author: Di Winkler
Source: ABC News | Author: Baz Ruddick/strong>It sounds like a simple thing for most of us — an independent life, living in a house that is set up for our purpose.
Source: SBS NewsSam Petersen is one of many Australians living with disability who has difficulties accessing personal protective equipment, such as face masks.
Calls for Australia’s disability carers to get the same coronavirus protections as aged care workers
Source: SBS News | Author: Maani TruuDays after a disability worker in Victoria died after contracting COVID-19, advocates are calling for urgent action.
Source: Australian Financial Review | Author: Michael BlebyThe pipeline of new homes developed with National Disability Insurance Scheme funding has jumped by 50 per cent over the past 12 months, the latest report by the Summer Foundation and Social Ventures Australia…
Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Author: Judith Ireland
Not-for-profits need more than just a successful pilot program to influence government and achieve systemic…
Source: The Daily Telegraph | Author: Madelaine Wong
New artist impressions have been released, depicting the final product of a multimillion-dollar development supporting disability needs in Mt Colah.
Ahead of giving evidence to the Disability Royal Commission hearing in Melbourne…
After spending three years and eight months in an aged care facility, Mario Amato…
The Morrison government has pledged there will be no young people with disability living in residential aged care by 2022.
PM promises “last change for a new generation” in Australia’s aged care sector, but experts warn there’s much more to be done
New website makes it easier for people with disabilities to find suitable accommodation.
MP Pat Conroy cites local case studies in federal parliament to highlight problems in aged and home care
The Aged Care Royal Commission is an opportunity to permanently eliminate the need for young people to enter residential aged care
Younger people with a disability should not be forced to live in nursing homes…