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Have your say about living in SDA

Outcomes and Experiences of People with Disability Moving into New Housing

What is the study about?

The aim of this research project is to help us better understand the individual experiences and outcomes of people with disability who move into Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in the community. This project involves collecting information from interviews and questionnaires with tenants and those close to them pre-move and at regular intervals up to 3 years post-move.

Why are we doing this study?

We are doing this research to find out more about the experiences and outcomes of people with disability who move into appropriately designed housing within the community. We are interested in finding out what works well and what could be improved so that we can inform the development of future housing and services. Our research will document the lived experience and impact of new housing developments for young people with disability and help to shape innovative housing models in the future.

Who do we want to take part?

Taking part in this research study is optional. We are looking for people who:

  • Are aged 18-65
  • Have disability. Primary disabilities include (but are not limited to): Acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s, other neurological conditions
  • Have an offer of an SDA house or apartment and/or have been living in SDA for up to 6 months
  • Speak/understand English
  • Have adequate communication skills to independently agree to participate. Adequate communication skills means using a variety of ways to communicate including verbal or written communication, verbal prompts, repetition and rephrasing of information or augmentative communication devices

How can I get involved in this research?

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the form below or email
Dr Stephanie Liddicoat at stephanie.liddicoat@summerfoundation.org.au.

A Summer Foundation Research Team member will then contact you to explain the project in more detail and, if you are interested in participating, arrange a time for an initial interview.

To be eligible to participate in the study, you will have to independently agree to participate. After written consent is obtained, you will be considered part of the research project. All the information you provide during interviews will be de-identified and assigned a unique code. 

  • By completing this form, you give us permission to contact you about potential research projects. It does not commit you to participating in specific projects, but is simply an expression of interest.
  • Having trouble completing this form? Please call us on 1300 626 560 or email us at info@summerfoundation.org.au
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

We are running a study to investigate the role of support coordinators and how they can effectively assist people with disability and complex needs who are enrolled in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This research is essential because the role of the support coordinator has changed with the implementation of the NDIS, making it challenging to find skilled and experienced support coordinators.

At present, there is still limited understanding of the demands of the role and the skills required for support coordinators, as well as the operating environment in which they work. This is a substantial problem because people with disability need assistance from support coordinators in order to get the most out of the NDIS and in turn make more progress towards their goals.

The insights derived from this research will enable the Summer Foundation to develop resources that will build the capacity of the workforce of support coordinators and assist them to be more effective in their work. This in turn will enable people with disability and complex needs to achieve positive outcomes under the NDIS.

We are inviting individuals to participate if they: 

  • are an NDIS participant with complex needs, aged 18-65 years, with disability or an acquired brain injury, who is receiving support via a support coordinator
  • have a family member who is an NDIS participant with complex needs, aged 18-65 years, with disability or an acquired brain injury, who is receiving support via a support coordinator
  • have experience in the role of a support coordinator where they supported a person with complex needs, aged 18-65 years, with disability or an acquired brain injury
  • are an Allied Health professional with experience in the health-disability interface and work with people with complex needs, aged 18-65 years, with disability or an acquired brain injury

The study involves one interview that will take up to 1 hour and will be conducted at a date and time that is most suitable for you.

If you think you are eligible and would like some more information about taking part in this study, please contact Lee Cubis on: 1300 626 560 or email research@summerfoundation.org.au 

We would love to hear from you. 

The government committed to supporting young people to move out of aged care. If you are one of over 3,000 people under 65 living in aged care, we would like to hear from you.

What is this study about?

The aim of the research is to understand how the NDIS is supporting people to achieve their goals, particularly in relation to their housing needs and preferences. The research involves interviews with people living in aged care and their close others either by (phone or Zoom). You will receive a $40 Coles/Myer voucher for each interview.

Why are we doing this study?

The introduction of the NDIS means that now people under 65 years of age living in aged care have more choice and control over their lives. This includes the choice of where to live and with whom. We are doing this research to find out more about the experience of living in aged care and how the NDIS is supporting people to achieve their goals. We will use the knowledge gained to improve systems and support.

Who do we want to take part?

If you are a person under 65 years of age living in residential aged care, we would like to talk to you. You do not need to have NDIS funding to take part in the study.

How can you get involved?

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the form below or contact elroy.dearn@summerfoundation.org.au or research@summerfoundation.org.au. A research team member will contact you to tell you more about the study.

All information you provide during interviews will be deidentified and your name will not be associated with anything you say.

  • By completing this form, you give us permission to contact you about potential research projects. It does not commit you to participating in specific projects, but is simply an expression of interest.
  • Having trouble completing this form? Please call us on 1300 626 560 or email us at info@summerfoundation.org.au
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.