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The Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance (YPINHna) was established in 2002.

Young People In Nursing Homes

We work with young people living in, or at risk of entry into, aged care facilities; their families, carers and other stakeholders.

These young people have an acquired disability with complex support needs that often bridge the aged care, disability, health, housing and community services sectors.

We are firmly committed to ensuring these young people have:

  • a voice about where they want to live and how they want to be supported
  • the capacity to participate in efforts to achieve this, and
  • 'a place of the table', so they can be directly involved in developing "lives worth living" in the community

Collaboration & Partnership

We encourage partnerships, and collaborate with all stakeholders of the issue including;

  • Federal, State and Local Governments.
  • Aged care, Disability, Health, Housing and Community Services sectors
  • Service providers
  • Peak bodies
  • Advocacy groups

Policy Work

We undertake high level policy work with governments on systemic changes needed to achieve a resolution. We also support policy initiatives that promote the dignity, well being and independence of our members, and their active participation in the community.

Information and Support for individuals, families & carers

As a health promotion charity, we provide information and referral on:

  • Accommodation options
  • Support services
  • Aids & Equipment (including pressure care) and,
  • Opportunities for young people and families to participate in new service developments in all states and territories.

While the Alliance is not resourced or funded to undertake individual advocacy, we focus on the provision of relevant information and referral across all states and territories. We can discuss your circumstances and provide referral to local support agencies relevant to you.

This could include associations for:

  • Brain injury
  • Progressive neurological diseases
  • Traumatic health events such as stroke or heart attack
  • Victims of crime
  • Rural health
  • Community support
  • Aids and equipment

The Alliance is also able to discuss funding avenues available through government services and community organisations.

We advocate for coordination and input from sectors relevant to young people with high and complex needs such as ypinh. These sectors include, but are not limited to, disability, health, aged care, and housing.

A National Organisation

The Alliance has representatives in every state and territory and a national office based in Victoria. State and Territory representatives work at a local and state level to raise awareness of the issue and the need for action.

The National Office is responsible for strategic policy development and co ordinates the work undertaken by state and territory representatives.