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Summer Foundation's 2019 Annual Public Forum




This year’s Summer Foundation Annual Public Forum comes at an important time. Systems must change to keep young people out of aged care. And these systems are being influenced and are changing in ways we’ve never seen before.



Earlier this month, the Aged Care Royal Commission heard devastating evidence about the impact of living in nursing homes on many younger people. It also heard about the system failures that continue to see 6 younger Australians enter residential aged care every day.


Meanwhile, the NDIS continues to mature, health systems seek to adapt, the housing market looks for direction as it responds, and the Australian Government’s Young People in Aged Care Action Plan is underway.


Join us on Thursday 31 October as we explore what it will take to stop younger people going into aged care for good.
We ask: How long is too long?


Hear as young people who have lived in aged care, their families, NDIS and health executives, policy makers and sector professionals discuss what is needed.


Presenter Beverley O’Connor (ABC News 24) will lead the panel, including:

•  Helen Burt – a younger woman who lives in aged care
Scott McNaughton Acting Deputy CEO – Government, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement
•  Iain Edwards – Operations Director of Community Health, Peninsula Health
•  Allanah Kennedy – Senior Manager Independence Division, Transport Accident Commission

This year’s forum will be followed by a seminar for people with disability, their families and those who work in the sector.


People who are stuck in hospital or aged care face a number of barriers – getting the right info, finding suitable housing, organising suitable support and making the most out of their NDIS funding.


This seminar will focus on ways to break through these barriers and get a successful housing outcome in the community. The seminar will run from 1.45 to 3.00pm.



Thursday 31 October 2019
Doors open at 11:30am
Annual Public Forum: 12:00 – 1:00pm

Light lunch 1:00 - 1:30pm
Post Forum Seminar: 1:45 – 3:00pm

The Arena
The Village at NAB Docklands,
700 Bourke Street,
Docklands, Victoria 3008

Marvel Stadium, Gate 6, off Wurundjeri Way, Docklands 3008

Taxi drop off point
Taxi rank drop off, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands 3008
There is a loading zone on Bourke Street, opposite Channel 9, where people can be dropped off.

Train station
Southern Cross Station, exit Bourke Street platform. Walk towards Marvel Stadium