Yooralla's Hospital to Home (H2H) Program
Yooralla’s experience indicates that the ‘Pathways to Home’ Program is a successful model for supporting people to live in a home-like environment while awaiting permanent supports.
Outcomes associated with ‘inclusive’, ‘segregated’ and ‘integrated’ settings for people with disability
Matthew Harrison, Victor Sojo, Claire Spivakovsky, Lindsey Gale, Anna Genat, Tessa Zirnsak
This research report was commissioned and funded by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The report analyses evidence of outcomes associated with ‘inclusive’, ‘segregated’ and ‘integrated’ settings as they apply to the safeguarding of people with disability in...
Reimagining group housing and living: workshop findings and recommendations
In October to November 2022, the Housing Hub ran a series of workshops designed to gather collective knowledge about SDA-funded group homes from providers and stakeholders. This report provides background to the workshops and discusses the main findings and recommendations.
Hey! Hear me out
This project aimed to understand what helps, and what makes it hard for First Nations NDIS participants who are deaf or hard of hearing, to use their NDIS plans in a way that meet their needs and aspirations.
Own Motion Inquiry into Aspects of Supported Accommodation: inquiry report
The purpose of this inquiry was to enable the NDIS Commissioner to identify trends in issues that are occurring in supported accommodation, what is causing those issues, and how the NDIS Commission can use its powers to support the delivery of higher standards of support...
Quality Dementia Care Initiative: action plan 2022-23
This plan aims to build the capacity and capability of the aged care sector to embed and improve quality care for people living with dementia, their families and carers in Australia.
Evaluation of NSW community-based mental health programs: Community Living Supports and Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative
The NSW Ministry of Health commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) to evaluate the CLS-HASI programs. The evaluation involved two rounds of qualitative interviews and focus groups, as well as the analysis of quantitative program data and statewide outcomes data about consumers. This report...
Providing an evidence base for Home and Living decisions
The Summer Foundation and Occupational Therapy Australia conducted a survey in July 2022 to explore the role of occupational therapists (OTs) in helping NDIS participants request SDA funding. The aim was to understand the functional assessment and report-writing process from the OT perspective, and provide...
Specialist Disability Accommodation supply in Australia: October 2022
This report is the fifth iteration of a national survey of SDA providers that aims to help inform stakeholders in the market.
Accommodating adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs in Individual Supported Living arrangements
This research examines Individual Supported Living (ISL) arrangements, which have been developed to provide appropriate and preferred homes for persons with intellectual disabilities and high support needs.
Specialist Disability Accommodation provider experience survey: June 2022
This report includes the results of the Housing Hub's second annual SDA Provider Experience Survey. In total, 28 providers completed the survey.
Report on public hearing 14: Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (South Australia)
This report considers the evidence given by witnesses during its fourteenth Public hearing, held in Adelaide from 7 to 11 June 2021.
Evaluating the discharge planning process
Improving the pathway from hospital to the community is the key to reducing the number of younger Australians stuck in hospital and/or discharged to residential aged care (RAC). This report presents preliminary findings from three studies initiated to explore and identify barriers, challenges and facilitators...
Housing delayed and denied: NDIA decision-making on Specialist Disability Accommodation funding
In order to understand and engage with the SDA decision-making and appeals process, the Housing Hub and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre commenced a collaborative project in mid-2021, providing legal help to participants seeking reviews of NDIA decisions about SDA funding at the Administrative Appeals...
The positive impact of Specialist Disability Accommodation: research summary
This research summary finds that SDA improves the lives of NDIS participants and may reduce support costs.
Moving into new housing designed for people with disability: preliminary evaluation of outcomes
The purpose of this research is to assess the change in individual outcomes for people with disability and complex needs after moving into newly built, individualised apartments in the community.
Supported Independent Living costs and impacts: Summer Foundation policy position statement
This policy position statement maintains that: The costs of Supported Independent Living (SIL) are an outsized contributor to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS, Scheme) budget growth. This is impacting Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) determinations made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA, Agency). The cost...
Report on public hearing 13: Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (a case study)
Public hearing 13 examined the experiences of a group of people with disability living in disability residential accommodation in western Sydney provided by a non-government disability services provider, Sunnyfield Disability Services.
CHPs and disability housing: an exploration of SDA
This survey report explores the participation of community housing providers (CHPs) in the disability housing market, to understand the challenges, barriers and opportunities for CHPs who are providing housing to NDIS participants that are funded for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
A new residential aged care accommodation framework: COTA Australia response
This submission is a response to the Australian Department of Health's aged care reform 2021 consultation paper and advocates for an accommodation framework that encourages innovation, consumer choice and control, and facilitates a variety of accommodation models responsive to consumer preferences.
Home and living options for people with disabilities
Commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency, the aim of this review was to understand the interventions and strategies that are being used to help people transition out of institutional care into more individualised home and living options.
Teamwork and culture in disability group homes
This is the first in Yooralla's 'Insights into Practice' series, which provide plain language summaries of key topics in disability support. The complementary roles of teamwork among employees and culture at the home are described.
Specialist Disability Accommodation supply in Australia: November 2021
This survey report offers insights into the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) pipeline across Australia in 2021, and combines the survey results with the data published by the NDIA to provide the market with an estimate of forthcoming supply. This report also provides insights into the...
Younger people in residential aged care: factsheet June 2021
This factsheet presents highlights from the latest AIHW GEN Aged care data resource page: Younger people in residential aged care.
Accommodating transition: improving housing outcomes for young people leaving OHC
This research examined the housing, homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug and juvenile justice service usage pathways for out-of-home care (OHC) leavers in Victoria and Western Australia.