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Welcome to the Summer Foundation quarterly update – Winter 2018


Welcome to our 2018 mid-year update. It comes with the latest news from the Summer Foundation and is delivered to you by our new CEO.

In April the Summer Foundation Board announced that I would take on the role of Summer Foundation CEO. I’m incredibly excited for the challenge ahead in continuing Summer Foundation’s work to reduce the number of young people being forced into aged care because there is no where else for them.

Di Winkler, the founder and previous CEO of the Summer Foundation remains very actively involved and you can read about her new focus on research and innovation in this update.

The Summer Foundation has joined other disability groups to reinforce the importance of people with disability being able to choose where they live and who they live with. Released in April, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)’s SDA Provider and Investor Brief raised concerns that participants might have limited choice about whether they lived alone or in shared accommodation. We are advocating strongly with other stakeholders to establish certainty for the SDA market to grow.

This month the Summer Foundation released its latest NDIS Report Card, which shows a 5 per cent reduction in admissions of young people to nursing homes since the NDIS roll out in trial sites in 2014. It’s a tiny step in the right direction. Download the report card here.

In this update, we include details about work building knowledge and understanding with health and aged care professionals, the Allen Martin Research Scholarship, and a profile of Sam Petersen and her first-hand take on SDA.

Warm regards,

Luke Bo’sher

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