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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 acquired brain injury in the community. Di has recently completed her PhD at Monash University which involves five published studies focusing on the social inclusion of young people in nursing homes.

In January 2006 Di founded the Summer Foundation (, a not for profit organisation dedicated to the issue of younger people living in Residential Aged Care (RAC). The Summer Foundation focuses on practical research and seeks to provide workable solutions that improve the health and well-being of this population.


  • 2018–present
    Chief of Research & Innovation, Summer Foundation


  • 2011 
    Monash University, PhD M App Sc


  • 2011
    Young people in aged care: Progress of the current national program, Australian Health Review
  • 2011
    Moving from aged care facilities to community-based accommodation: Outcomes and environment, Brain Injury
  • 2010
    Comparison of people with ABI living in two accommodation settings, Brain Impairment
  • 2006
    Factors that lead to successful community integration, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
  • 2006
    People under 60 living in aged care facilities in Victoria, Australian Health Review
  • 2005
    Time use following a severe traumatic brain injury, Journal of Occupational Science

Research Areas

  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Health And Community Services (111708)


HonLLD Monash