Summer Foundation Connect & Support – COVID-19 response


The Summer Foundation team has a new focus. We are working to provide tangible, direct support to people with disability due to the COVID-19 situation, through the launch of 4 important projects.

Discharge Follow-up Service

This service will make phone contact with people with disability with complex needs who are being discharged quickly from hospitals to make sure their supports and essential services are in place.
For more information please go to our Discharge Follow-up Service page

Housing Brokerage Service

This project will support hospitals we are already working with to find housing for people with disability who are stuck in hospital with no discharge destination.
For more information please go to our Housing Brokerage Service page

Phone Outreach Project

This service will connect with people with disability to check on their health and wellbeing, and provide practical information and support with problem solving.
For more information please go to our Phone Outreach Project page

Personal Protective Equipment Initiative

This initiative has been established in direct response to a Summer Foundation survey of NDIS participants which found that many are having difficulty getting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
An information page about PPE has been set up and 2 online stores where NDIS participants can buy reasonably priced PPE are now open.
For more information please go to our PPE Initiative page

Key resources

Leaving Hospital Well Community of Practice
A national platform for health professionals to share their expertise, identify best practice for working with younger people with disability and complex support needs and provide a supportive learning environment within the evolving context of health and the NDIS.
Find out more >

UpSkill Community of Practice
For NDIS support coordinators and allied health professionals working with younger people with complex support needs, residing in or at risk of admission to residential aged care.
Find out more >


Reasonably & Necessary with Dr George podcast series: Staying safe during COVID-19

Dr George Taleporos is recording a special Coronavirus series of the Reasonable & Necessary podcasts. He is speaking with people with disability, support coordinators, the NDIS Commissioner and other guests about how to stay safe and well during this emergency.
You can listen to George’s podcasts here.