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Latest Summer Foundation research

The research team has had several papers published in peer-reviewed journals this year. 

Quality disability support

Megan Topping’s “Building an evidence-based multi-level system of quality disability support for adults with acquired neurological disability” was published in Disability and Rehabilitation in February. 

The paper brings together the perspectives of people with acquired neurological disability, disability support workers and close others on what quality disability support looks like. 

It highlights the importance of people having real choice around their supports and the opportunity to recruit, train and manage their support workers to ensure they receive quality support. You can read a summary of the research here

Discharge planning

A scoping review of 16 studies that looked into hospital discharge outcomes for people with acquired disability and complex needs was also recently published in Brain Impairment.

“‘Well, what are you going to do when you’re out there?’: a scoping review of successful hospital discharge for people with acquired disability and complex needs aged 18–65 years” identified 4 main themes for successful hospital discharge – coordination and continuity between health professionals, preparation for hospital discharge, tangible supports on discharge, and involvement of the person with disability and close others. 

The research also made several recommendations for ways to improve the hospital discharge process. You can read a summary here.  

Realising rights in supported accommodation

A desktop scan Resources to assist NDIS participants to understand their rights, make complaints and raise issues with a supported accommodation provider – Desktop scan report has been published on our website.

The scan looks at resources to support residents to be informed about rights, to stay safe, speak out and to raise issues or concerns when living in supported accommodation. You can read a summary of the report here

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