Dr. Di Winkler AM
CEO and Founder Summer Foundation – Adjunct Associate Professor at the Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University
Di Winkler is an occupational therapist who has worked with people with severe brain injury for more than 20 years. Di established the Summer Foundation in January 2006 after becoming frustrated by the lack of appropriate housing and support for young people with disability who were being admitted to aged care.
In 2013, Di was awarded the 2014 Stanford Australia Foundation Dyson Bequest Scholarship. In 2018 Di was conferred with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University for her distinguished service to the community through her leadership as a practicing occupational therapist and researcher. In 2019 Di was appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to people with disability.