The Summer Foundation has been funded by Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) stream of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to work with the aged care sector across Australia to improve outcomes for NDIS participants. This funding is dedicated to improving the interface between the NDIS and mainstream services.
The project will work to establish local service connections and collaborations with Residential Aged Care (RAC) and aged care assessment teams (ACAT) to reduce the number of younger people entering aged care and to enable young people to live more integrated lives in their communities by helping them connect with the NDIS.
Aged care providers often support younger people because no other options are available. ACAT and RAC providers require extra support to be able to work with mainstream housing and health systems to find greater opportunities for community living for younger people. This project aims to offer younger people with disability better opportunities to ‘live an ordinary life’ with the support of the NDIS.
The project will focus on seven NDIS regions including: Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Inner Eastern Melbourne, Outer Eastern Melbourne, Toowoomba to the border, Tasmania and Northern Adelaide.
This project will consult and collaborate with RAC and ACAT providers, state government, health and housing sector representatives; co-design practical resources and toolkits for RAC and ACAT providers; develop video stories showing how the lives of younger people with complex needs can be improved; deliver training and workshops for RAC and ACAT staff; create collaboration between RAC and ACAT providers and mainstream health and housing providers and NDIS stakeholders to build a more effective system; and evaluate the project’s outcomes.