Dr. Di Winkler AM
Founder, Summer Foundation Ltd
Adjunct Associate Professor, La Trobe University
Di Winkler is an occupational therapist who has worked with people with severe brain injury for more than twenty years. Di was the Chief Occupational Therapist at Ivanhoe Manor Private Rehabilitation Hospital prior to developing a private practice working with people with brain injury in the community.
Di commenced her PhD in 2005, after becoming frustrated by the lack of appropriate housing and support for young people with disability who were being admitted to nursing homes for the aged. Her goal was to provide an evidence base to change policy and practice related to the issue of young people in nursing homes. After realising that research alone would not solve the issue of young people in nursing homes, in January 2006, Di founded the Summer Foundation Ltd, was CEO from the organisation’s inception until early 2018 and was reappointed to the role in October 2019.
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 practising 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. Di is a director of Summer Foundation She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University.