Annual Public Forum 2022 - Summer Foundation
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Annual Public Forum 2022

A reimagined NDIS

Location:  The Arena - NAB Docklands VIC + ONLINE

  • Friday 25 November, 2022
    12:00 pm AEDT - 1:30 pm AEDT

The Summer Foundation’s 2022 Annual Public Forum will focus on what housing and supports look like in this new era of the NDIS.

On November 25, we will bring together people with disability, policy makers and sector professionals to discuss the issues and opportunities around SDA and housing more broadly for NDIS participants.

With the new Federal Government bringing forward the NDIS 10-year review, now is the time to explore how a reimagined NDIS could truly serve the people it was designed for.

What is working and what is not when it comes to housing and supports? What opportunities are there for innovation? How can we advocate to the Federal Government and hold it to account? These are just some of the questions we will look at on 25 November.

ABC journalist Beverley O’Connor will host a panel of experts who will share their knowledge around the NDIS, housing and supports. Join us for this free event on Friday 25 November.

It will be a hybrid event in Melbourne, with the option to join our online audience. This will enable us to engage our national audience, and those unable to join us in person.


Speakers include:

Rachel Thomas – NDIS participant and SDA tenant

Rachel lives with intersectional psychosocial and neurological disability in High Physical Support specialist disability accommodation. She was bedridden for 3 years and 8 months in a situation of neglect while waiting to move into accessible housing. Rachel now does disability advocacy, is grateful to spend more quality time with her child, and enjoys gardening, art and photography. 

Paul Simmons – CEO, Ability SDA

Paul Simmons is the CEO of Ability SDA, a registered SDA provider that builds specialist disability accommodation. Together with his wife Angie, Paul founded Ability SDA in 2016 in direct response to the need for high quality SDA in NSW. Paul recognised an opportunity to support people with high physical needs by offering independent living solutions and a better quality of life. Today, Ability SDA has 45 accessible apartments in Gosford, Guildford and Villawood with further developments in the pipeline. With a combination of industry experience in economics, finance, property, aged care and SDA, Paul is intrinsically driven to build cost effective, beautiful, accessible spaces for vulnerable Australians.

Kelly Chait – Support Coordination Lead, Housing Hub

Kelly Chait is the Support Coordination Lead at the Housing Hub. The service provides targeted housing specific support coordination, supporting people to explore and apply for home and living options under the NDIS. Kelly is an Occupational Therapist, having previously worked in the health sector in both NSW and Victoria.


FACE TO FACE (at the venue)

Doors open at 11.30am
Annual Public Forum: 12 – 1.30pm
Light lunch 1.30 – 2.00pm


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



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