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Reasonable and Necessary podcast series


Reasonable and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS is a podcast series by the Summer Foundation, hosted by our very own Dr George Taleporos.

Each podcast episode aims to simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants to work their way through the system.

Click on a podcast series below to download and listen to episodes on SoundCloud or iTunes.

A conversation with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

VIDEO PODCAST: 5 MAY 2021

Dr George Taleporos speaks to NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner, Graeme Head and Registrar, Samantha Taylor about the issues and challenges facing the SDA sector.

What is the government planning to do to the NDIS?

VIDEO PODCAST: 29 MARCH 2021

Dr George Taleporos speaks to Legal Expert Darren O’Donovan, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University about the draft changes to the NDIS Act that were leaked.

LATEST PODCAST EPISODES: Series 6 – Welcome Home – training for SDA providers

These podcast episodes are part of the Welcome Home – Compliance training for SDA providers project.

Episode 1

Providers speak: What it takes to deliver quality outcomes in the SDA market –  with Queenie Tran, Chief Operating Officer, Summer Housing and Tom Worsnop, Tenant Outcomes Manager, Guardian Living (5 May 2021)


Episode 2

Tenants speak: What it’s like living in SDA & what it takes to move into independent living – Belinda Aitken, Lived Experience Facilitator and SDA Reference Group Lead, Summer Foundation and Kim, an SDA tenant. (5 May 2021)


Episode 3

A conversation with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission: Issues and challenges facing the SDA sector – with Graeme Head and Samantha Taylor (5 May 2021)

Series 5 – Getting great outcomes for all NDIS participants

Series 5 of Reasonable and Necessary was made with the support of the Victorian Government.

Episode 1

Talking ethnicity, culture and the NDIS – with Sophie Dutertre from the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, and NDIS participant Julie Duong (28 May 2020)


Episode 2

Talking support coordination, what it takes to be a support coordinator and how to run a support coordination business – with Jess Stubbins from Ablelink (17 July 2020)


Episode 3

Support coordinators getting great outcomes for people who have complex needs – with Linda Hughes, Brigette Kirkpatrick and Marnie Baulch (26 October 2020)


Episode 4

Understanding Individual Living Options – with UpSkill lead Linda Hughes and My Supports CEO Terry Mader (18 November 2020)

Series 4 – Staying safe during COVID-19

Episode 1

Juggling support workers, finding supplies and social distancing – with Jarrod Sandell-Hay, NDIS Participant and Freelance Photographer (3 April 2020)


Episode 2

Avoiding Coronavirus and what the government needs to do – with Professor Anne Kavanagh, Professor of Disability and Health at the University of Melbourne (14 April 2020)


Episode 3

Making sure you and your support workers know how to stay safe – with support coordinator and NDIS participant Kelly Cox (16 April 2020)


Episode 4

NDIS funding flexibility, plan reviews and more – with Campaign Director at Every Australian Counts Kirsten Deane (17 April 2020)


Episode 5

From the world epicentre of the virus – with New York resident, disability rights lawyer and Director of Policy at Concepts of Independence T.K. Small (22 April 2020)


Episode 6

Holding support providers to account – with NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner Graeme Head (28 April 2020)

Series 3 – Talking to the experts

Episode 1

How we can make the NDIS work better for everyone – with Kirsten Dean, Campaign director of Every Australian Counts (22 February 2019)


Episode 2

How the NDIS can better support people with complex needs – with Sarah Forbes, Advocacy Manager at VALID (3 March 2019)


Episode 3

What it takes to achieve great outcomes with the NDIS with Les Cope (8 March 2019)


Episode 4

Insights into Specialist Disability Accommodation – with Luke Bo’sher and Alecia Rathbone of the Summer Foundation (14 March 2019)


Episode 5

Q & A with the NDIA – with Maryanne Diamond AO, General Manager, Community Linkages and Engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency (12 April 2019)

Series 2 – How the NDIS is evolving

Episode 1

The NDIS 5 years on – with the Honourable Jenny Macklin MP


Episode 2

Staying Safe and Building Quality into NDIS Services – with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner, Graeme Head


Episode 3

Support Coordination – with Sam Paior, Support Coordinator from the Growing Space


Episode 4

Self-managing your NDIS plan – with Sam Paior, Support Coordinator from the Growing Space


Episode 5

The NDIS and Health Interface – with Cath Bucolo, Clinical Practice Leader at the Summer Foundation

Series 1 – Planning, housing and working with the NDIS

Episode 1

Everything you ever wanted to know about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)


Episode 2

How to go about your making your NDIS Plan, with Dr George and Penny Paul


Episode 3

The NDIS and housing, with Dr George and Penny Paul


Episode 4

What to do if you’re not happy with your NDIS Plan, with Dr George and Chris Thwaites


Episode 5

Using the NDIS to get you moving, with Dr George and Chris Thwaites

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