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Meet the APF panelists

The final countdown is on to the Summer Foundation’s 2023 Annual Public Forum.

Transforming supports at home: Making it work for NDIS participants is the topic for the event on Thursday 2 November.

We’ll discuss how we can transform supports at home so they truly meet the needs of people with disability. 

Our speakers’ expertise on home and living supports will inform the conversation as we look at what’s not working and consider ways to improve how home and living supports are provided.

Host Elizabeth Wright, disability affairs reporter at the ABC and Paralympian, will lead the discussion with a panel of experts made up of policy makers, sector professionals and people with lived experience of disability.

The panel will include:

Penelope McKay, the Deputy CEO at the National Disability Insurance Agency responsible for Home and Living and Market Stewardship. Penelope will join us to discuss the Agency’s perspective on how we can transform supports at home and what the NDIA is doing to improve outcomes for NDIS participants. 

David Clark, the CEO at InLife, a passionate not-for-profit organisation determined to break down everyday barriers and positively transform the experience of disability support. David will talk about the issues and risks associated with poor quality supports and what, from a provider perspective, can be done to make sure supports meet the needs of participants.


Samar Bain is a disability support worker trainer and shares her lived experience to support people with disability. She lives with cerebral palsy but is able to live independently since moving into her specialist disability accommodation (SDA) apartment.  Although the NDIS has improved Samar’s life, she believes there are barriers to living with true choice and control.

Dr Kate D’Cruz is a Senior Research Fellow at the Summer Foundation. She leads research projects that evaluate the experiences and outcomes of young people with disability.

The Summer Foundation’s research into the personal impact of moving into purpose-built SDA provides compelling insights into the importance of support for people with disability to live well.

Join us on Thursday 2 November for this free event. The in-person event will be held in Melbourne, with the opportunity to join us online for those who can’t attend in person.  

Tickets are going fast. Reserve your seat here.

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