The Summer Foundation’s Annual Public Forum was held on November 25, 2022. For the first time since 2019, we were pleased to host an audience in person, as well as online. The hybrid event saw almost 600 join us online and close to 150 people at The Arena, NAB Docklands.
A panel of experts hosted by Beverley O’Connor (ABC News 24), made up of policy makers, sector experts and people with lived experience of disability, discussed what a reimagined NDIS might look like.
Bram Heinrich-McPartlan and Tobias O’Hehir brought the voice of lived experience to the discussion, with valuable insights into their experiences navigating the NDIS. John Dardo, Deputy CEO Partners, Providers and Fraud Taskforce Group, represented the NDIA and was joined by the Summer Foundation’s Alecia Rathbone, and Paul Simmons CEO of Ability SDA, who added to the discussion from the perspective of sector and housing professionals.
The insightful and thoughtful discussion saw some fantastic suggestions for improvement, and the event concluded with a great sense of optimism for the future of the NDIS.