Source: Sunday Herald-Sun | Author: Karina Grift

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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.

Reproduced with kind permission from the Herald-Sun.


In September Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care.

The commission’s interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019.

You can view the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference here and read our statement regarding the Terms of Reference here.

We are very pleased that young people in residential aged care and the issues related to this group are a high and early priority for the Royal Commission. You can read our briefing paper about the Royal Commission here.


To see how the Summer Foundation can support you or a family member to have your say at the Royal Commission click here.

Or you can contact the Royal Commission at:

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Source: Get Us Out | Author: George Taleporos

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 the Commission must make sure young people get the chance to get the hell out.

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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, increase the hours of Supported Independent Living (SIL) delivered in NSW.

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The Summer Foundation is pleased to announce the Allen Martin Research Scholarship 2018 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kew and Robinson Gill Lawyers.

This scholarship is open to clinicians, health professionals and students who wish to conduct a new research project in the field of recovery following acquired brain injury. This year there are two awards, each valued at $5,000, which need to be utilised over a period of one year. All applications must meet the eligibility criteria and responsibilities of the scholarship, which can be accessed here.

Applications are now open. To apply complete the application form and submit to by COB Monday 15 October 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by the Summer Foundation Scholarship Sub Committee and the successful candidates will be announced at the Allen Martin Lecture on 14 November 2018.

This scholarship acknowledges the work of Allen Martin who showed great dedication and support towards advancing clinical knowledge and practice for people with complex brain injury, with particular emphasis on slow stream neurological rehabilitation.

Previous scholarship winners:

Laura Connolly – Light therapy for fatigue following traumatic brain injury
Suzana Hercegovak – Participation in volunteering roles following ABI
Michelle Kahn – Development of a gold-standard clinical assessment for associated reactions of the arm following ABI
Kate D’Cruz – Investigating the value of client-centred practice from the perspective of adults with traumatic brain injury participating in community based occupational therapy
Katie Anson – Long-term outcome following acquired brain injury
Melanie Drummond – Consequences of post-traumatic anosmia
Ming-Yun Hsieh – The treatment of people with anxiety disorders following moderate-severe traumatic brain injury
Lucy Knox – The experience of decision-making after severe traumatic brain injury: A Grounded Theory exploration
Margaret Mealings – ‘School’s a big part of your life’. Perspectives of students returning to secondary and tertiary education following traumatic brain injury, their peers and family members
Ruth Tesselaar – Classroom performance of student with an acquired brain injury: The impact of aide programs.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) presented its latest policy position for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in a statement to the provider and investor market on 24 April.

People with disabilities and developers of innovative housing for people with disabilities are pleased the NDIA has reiterated the government’s commitment to SDA in its SDA Provider and Investor Brief. The NDIA has confirmed that the SDA funding model is here to stay.

However, the NDIA’s SDA Brief expresses a vision for SDA housing with a clear bias toward shared models of housing for people with disability, presumably to reduce support costs. This is unacceptable. You can read our joint statement here (A Rich text format is available here).

You can read the Summer Foundation’s summary of the SDA Brief here.




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