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WELCOME TO OUR 2019 Summer UPDATE

SUMMER FOUNDATION UPDATE – SUMMER 2019

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Welcome to our summer update. I am back in the CEO role at a key time for the Summer Foundation. I’d like to thank Luke Bo’sher for all of his terrific work over the past 3.5 years. Our government relations and policy influence was turbo-charged under his leadership.

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The Australian Government has committed to making sure that no younger person will enter aged are by 2022 and that no-one under 65 years will be in aged care by 2025.

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Our Annual Public Forum, held on Thursday 31 October, brought together key stakeholders to talk about what it will take to stop younger people going into aged care for good.

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The Summer Foundation practice team hosted a seminar after our Annual Public Forum about breaking through the barriers to leaving hospital or aged care.

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In early December, the Summer Foundation’s Dr Di Winkler and Dr George Taleporos presented at the Disability Royal Commission’s hearing in Melbourne which focused on housing for people with disability, including the experiences of people in group homes.

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The Summer Foundation has developed a Collaborative Discharge Approach (CDA) to improve the pathway from hospital back to the community for people with a newly acquired disability and/or change in their circumstances. 

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Helen Burt is full of hope at the possibility of a better life, as she starts her journey from aged care to living in her own home.

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Our UpSkill program is being rolled out across regional and rural Victoria. We want to increase the number of skilled support coordinators and help them respond well to the diverse needs of people with disability.

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