Australasian Housing Institute

Di Winkler

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CEO at Summer Foundation

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 completed a Masters by Research at La Trobe University entitled “Factors that lead to successful community integration following severe traumatic brain injury”. Di established the Summer Foundation in January 2006 and in 2012 completed a PhD at Monash University, which involved a series of studies that focused on young people in nursing homes.

Di is currently a National Disability Services State (VIC) Committee Member, and the Chair of the Victorian Coalition of Acquired Brain Injury Service Providers.

In November 2013 Di was awarded the 2014 Stanford Australia Foundation Dyson Bequest Scholarship. This scholarship enabled Di to complete the six week Stanford Executive Program in 2014.


PhD, GAICD, BAppSc (Occ Ther), Grad Dip Neuroscience, Grad Dip AppSc (Comp Sci), MAppSc