CFC NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2016DOWNLOAD / VIEW PDF
In August I attended the launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week, where the theme was “Talking young stroke”. Stroke is one cause of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), the most prevalent disability for young people in nursing homes. Many of the young people who spoke at the event explained how help came in a rush immediately after their stroke and then faded away. There is little recognition within existing stroke services that young people have the rest of their lives to live.
Young people need access to age appropriate rehabilitation to support them to set and achieve relevant goals. They need assistance to come to terms with their changed circumstances and rebuild meaningful lives. The call to action is for the establishment of age appropriate services including slow stream rehabilitation, support and accessible housing. These reforms would help to resolve the issue of young people living in nursing homes.
The national rollout of the NDIS is underway and you will be aware there are significant teething issues. There is however a reservoir of goodwill for this important reform, and everyone is working hard to build a national scheme that works for people with disabilities and their families. If you are struggling to navigate the NDIS, please contact me on 1300 626 560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In July we launched the Summer Foundation’s Hunter Housing Demonstration Project in New South Wales. The ten apartments demonstrate an alternative to residential aged care for people with disability. Find out more here.
In conjunction with our Annual Public Forum, the Summer Foundation will run specific sessions for Ambassadors, consumers and family carers to share our findings on the past two years of work connecting young people in nursing homes with the NDIS. Our learnings can assist all young people with disability to get the best from this important reform. Don’t forget to bring your questions.
Information and Connections Coordinator