SUMMER FOUNDATION UPDATE – SPRING 2018
Welcome to our Spring update. Looking back over the past few months, it is gratifying to see the positive strides we are taking on a number of issues that contribute to keeping young people out of aged care.
We welcome the recently announced Royal Commission into Aged Care. Our hope is for this Royal Commission to look beyond just making aged care better for young people. The Royal Commission needs to identify the solutions that help young people avoid entering aged care in the first instance. We encourage you to consider responding to the Government’s call for input into the Terms of Reference for this Royal Commission. Timing is tight – find out how to make your contribution here.
Summer Foundation has been focusing on the need for improvements to the health and NDIS interface over the past few months. The hundreds of health professionals and executives across the country who have attended our conferences, seminars and training sessions this year are strongly endorsing this focus.
This work is ongoing and will also be the focus of our “From Hospital to Home” Annual Public Forum on 11 October and the following “Leaving Hospital Well” seminar.
On the housing front we launched the Get Building SDA initiative, which aims to increase the number of SDA properties being built. This initiative is all about supporting local organisations and individuals to build accessible housing, so that people with disability have real choice about where they live and who they live with.
Kirsty Martinsen’s reflection on the back page is a particularly pertinent reminder of the ground-breaking times we are working in and the importance of collaboration and goodwill to support the NDIS to deliver on its enormous potential.