What we do

Established in 2006, the key aim of the Summer Foundation is to change human service policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes. The Summer Foundation utilises a range of strategies to influence health, housing, aged care and disability service policy and practice related to this target group.

We focus on three strategic areas to achieve change in policy and practice:

Building an evidence base: We conduct and foster research that provides an evidence based for policy and practice change.

Creating a movement: We support people with disability to tell their story to raise awareness and keep the issue on the political and public agenda.

Housing: We establish, evaluate and document demonstration projects in order to encourage others to replicate these projects to increase the range and number of housing and support options for people with disability.

Our Vision

That young people with disability and complex care needs will have inherent value as members of our society with access to a range of housing and support options that enhance health, wellbeing and participation.

Our Mission

To create, lead and demonstrate long-term sustainable changes that stop young people from being forced to live in nursing homes because there is nowhere else for them.

See our three year Strategic Plan 2015-2018 for more information.

Our people

View profiles of our Board of Directors and key staff.


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