Dr Di Winkler
CEO, Founder and Executive Board Member
PhD, GAICD, BAppSc (Occ Ther),
Grad Dip Neuroscience,
Grad Dip AppSc (Comp Sci), MAppSc
Di Winkler is an occupational therapist who has worked with people with severe brain injury for more than 20 years. Di was the Chief Occupational Therapist at Ivanhoe Manor Private Rehabilitation Hospital prior to developing a private practice working with people with brain injury in the community.
Di established the Summer Foundation in January 2006 after becoming frustrated by the lack of appropriate housing and support for young people with disability who were being admitted to nursing homes for the aged.
In 2018, Di was conferred with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University for her distinguished service to the community through her leadership as a practising Occupational Therapist and researcher. In 2019, Di was appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to people with disability.
Di is the Chief Executive Officer at the Summer Foundation and leads the Research Unit. Di also sits on the Board of Summer Housing Ltd. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University.