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Meet Philip

“We enjoy our own company,” says Philip Langlands of himself and his two dogs Ziggy and Vonnie. “I don’t like big parties. I’m cautious still.”

Philip has felt cautious in public since 2015, when he began experiencing problems with his balance. He recalls wobbling and falling over on his daily commute to work. Tests revealed a neurological condition, the exact nature of which is still under investigation.

“Suddenly, I had to retire aged 51,” explains Philip. “It was a huge shock.”

Philip says he turned to alcohol for about a year. “I wanted to numb the pain. But heavy drinking caused me to have more falls. So, with the help of friends, I gave it up.”

These days, he lives a quieter life, explaining, “Instead of going out on a Friday night, my friend Raymond and I buy DVDs as soon as they hit the shelves.”

He lives in Golden Bay and says, “I’ve got everything I need. I’ll be here for life. I know all the neighbours, and it’s a house with no steps or carpets, so I can whizz around in my wheelchair.”

The house has been further modified thanks to Philip’s NDIS plan which he accesses through MSWA.

“In 2018, MSWA took me under their wing,” says Philip, who receives physiotherapy, care support and attends Rockingham Outreach.

“I have a path in the backyard to make it accessible. I sleep in the lounge room on a couch that works like a hospital bed. I have rails and a commode set up in the bathroom so that I can have access from my wheelchair. All of this has been provided through my NDIS plan and was organised by my brilliant MSWA Occupational Therapist, Nabaa, and Support Coordinator, Ben.”

Philip’s MSWA point-of-contact is his Customer Liaison Coordinator, Irene. And his Support Worker, Sarah, helps with cleaning and drives him to his medical and physiotherapy appointments.

The neurological symptoms that affect him most are fatigue, heat intolerance and imbalance.

Currently, his condition is stable, and he puts that down to the work he has put in at physiotherapy. “The physios have done wonders,” explains Philip. “They push me on.”

After his weekly physio, Philip attends the Men’s Outreach Group, where he and the guys swap stories, play board games, and have lunch.

“I’ve travelled around the world, but now I’ve got everything I need here,” he says. “The only time I go out is to go to MSWA on Wednesdays, but I’m loving life.”

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When asked what he would say to a ticket buyer, Philip replies, “Without MSWA and the NDIS support, I don’t know where I would be. I’d thank them for changing my life.”