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SUMMER FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2017

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We are continuing our work to ensure young people in nursing homes get access to the services and support that they desperately need through the NDIS.

We work at both a grassroots level and a policy level to influence change. Our NDIS Connections Practice Guide and digital stories based on two years of practice wisdom build the capacity of workers and families assisting our target group to engage with the NDIS.

One of the key challenges to ensuring there are suitable housing options for people with disability and complex needs is establishing a successful NDIS housing market. The Summer Foundation has been working to identify some of the key elements of a successful disability housing market, and will create prototypes to support the development of the sector and encourage new ways of thinking. Read on to find out more.

Warm regards,

Di Winkler

Three new tenants have moved into the Hunter Housing Demonstration Project since the beginning of the year. We look forward to seeing tenants settle in to their new homes, and enjoying their independence. We will be documenting tenants’ journeys to show how accessible housing that is well-located can increase a person’s quality of life and independence.

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Amy recently moved into the Hunter Housing Demonstration Project.

Prior to moving into her new home, Amy was living with a family member. She had her own area of the house, but it was cramped and inaccessible. Amy looked at other housing options, but found them either out of her budget, or not suitable for her needs. Amy couldn’t believe it when she found out she would be moving into her own fully accessible home.

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The NDIS was established as a market-based system where funding is directed by the user, instead of the provider. This means that participants can allocate funding to providers of their choice.

NDIS participants will also have choice over their housing provider. The NDIS is expected to create new housing places for up to 12,000 participants, including 6,000 young people in aged care.

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Senate Estimates Committee hearings are opportunities to get answers to key questions relating to government operations. Representatives from government and the NDIA attended hearings in October and March on young people in residential aged care (YPIRAC) and the NDIS.

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The Summer Foundation will be working towards improving policy and practice around the NDIS in 2017. Our policy work is currently focused around two key areas: ensuring young people in nursing homes get access to the NDIS; and developing NDIS housing for people with complex support needs.

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