Helping those with acquired brain injury

A $3million dollar partnership between La Trobe University and the Summer Foundation will focus on research that measures the outcomes of interventions related to the lifetime support of people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and neurological conditions such as MS and Huntington’s Disease.

La Trobe University Professor Jacinta Douglas has been named as the Summer Foundation Chair of Living Well with Acquired Brain Injury.

The research program is made possible by a generous donation from a private philanthropic trust.

The Summer Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation on research regarding young people with ABI in nursing homes, where tragically many young people with disability end up - socially isolated and forgotten.

The Foundation’s established evidence base clearly shows that aged care nursing homes are not the right environment for young people with disability.

Professor Douglas says the partnership will build on the strong collaboration between the Summer Foundation and La Trobe University’s Living With Disability research group.

‘This is a wonderful opportunity for La Trobe University and the Summer Foundation to work together to affect real change for those with an acquired brain injury who are too often tragically ignored and forgotten but have important contributions to make.’

Dr Di Winkler, CEO of the Summer Foundation says, ‘This is an exciting new partnership and effectively doubles the research capacity of the Summer Foundation.’

‘We are looking forward to extending our evidence base about interventions and the best models of housing and support for people with disability to ensure they can live the best lives possible.’

The partnership aligns with the University’s Future Ready Strategy Focus Area of Building Healthy Communities.

Professor Douglas, Dr Di Winkler and Summer Foundation Ambassador Anj Barker speak about the topic on Jon Faine's Conversation Hour on 774 ABC. Listen to the discussion.


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