National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): the Game Changer for Young People in Residential Aged Care



The NDIS has been described by disability champion, Dr Rhonda Galbally, as a ‘once-in-a-generation reform alongside Medicare and national superannuation.’ Over the last three and half years, the Summer Foundation has taken on the challenge of learning about the NDIS particularly focussing on what the NDIS means for the 6,200 young people living in aged care settings across Australia. We will share our knowledge, case studies and relevant resources, such as a Practice Guide (How to Connect Young People in Nursing Homes to the NDIS) and young people’s personal digital stories, so that the age services can become part of a new ‘normal’- that is, a world where young people with complex disability live an ordinary life like everyone else.


Joanna Stewart

Summer Foundation

Joanna Stewart (BA, BSW (Hons)) is Practice Coordinator for the Summer Foundation, based in the Barwon region in Victoria. For the past three years she has worked on Summer Foundation’s NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Connections Project, through which younger people living in aged care have been assisted to engage with the NDIS. Prior to commencing with the Summer Foundation, Joanna worked as a hospital Social Worker for 15 years and has a particular interest in Trauma rehabilitation.