As a valued member of our community, we hope you are doing well at this very unusual time.
At MSWA we are adapting how we operate so we can continue to provide essential services and support to Western Australians living with neurological conditions.
With the temporary closure of our Service Centres, more of our Customers require support from our allied health professionals in their homes and over the phone. This means our Customers, like Brett, who is immunocompromised, can remain safe and at home, whilst continuing to receive the best quality care.
We are also continuing to provide 24/7 care in our high support accommodation centres, for residents like Wendy. To keep our residents safe we have introduced strict hygiene measures and limited all interactions to one-on-one.
Your donation will help us continue to provide this vital care.
Regrettably, the big fundraising events on our calendar like Step Up for MSWA and the MSWA Albany Swim have been postponed until we can all get together safely again. It means people like Wendy and Brett are relying on your donations more than ever.
Please dig deep at this time to help us continue our vital work.
Wendy was diagnosed with MS in 1996. She lives in our purpose built Butler facility and receives high support care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The introduction of strict hygiene and social distancing measures proved initially challenging but residents and staff quickly adjusted. “There is a ‘can do’ attitude at Butler,” says Wendy. “You couldn’t get more dedicated staff.”
To stay safe, Wendy has been receiving only one-on-one care, and has been practicing social distancing with other residents and visitors.
However, Wendy admits she is struggling with maintaining physical separation from friends and family. “It’s highlighted the things we take for granted – somebody popping in for a coffee, or even more simple things, like hugs.”
“What am I most looking forward to? Cuddling the grandies again.” — Wendy Wilson, MSWA Customer.
In-home-care helps maintain my independence
Brett has been living with MS for 20 years, leading to trouble with one of his legs, fatigue, vision impairment and loss of balance.
Brett receives MSWA’s in-home care services, which can include cooking, shopping, personal care, cleaning, laundry and more. These services are very important to enable Brett to maintain his quality of life and independence. MSWA staff also provide social support, which is currently being carried out online or by phone where possible.
Despite trying times, Brett is still able to receive essential one-on-one services, such as grocery shopping.
Ordinarily, Brett would attend the MSWA Bunbury outreach to meet, talk and share his music with others. With outreach temporarily closed, Brett has been playing a lot at home to pass the time. “Music is my life. It’s my saviour. It’s such a wonderful healing force.”
“With the in-home care, the biggest thing for me is being able to socialise with someone so I don’t feel isolated.” — Brett Johns, MSWA Customer.
In these uncertain times, every dollar you donate will help us continue to provide vital care for Western Australians living with neurological conditions, like Wendy and Brett.
MSWA is the largest contributor to MS research in Australia
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, MSWA has invested a record $3.5 million in the 2019- financial year.
Your donations allow researchers like Dr Lucinda Black (pictured) to better understand the factors that contribute to an MS diagnosis, and then develop recommendations and potential treatments — findings we hope will have long-lasting impacts for people living with MS worldwide.
To date there’s very little evidence about diet and the risk of MS and disease progression. Dr Lucinda Black, Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University is investigating if a change of diet can help reduce symptoms and/or improve health outcomes.
"Many people who are diagnosed with MS would benefit from having nutritional advice, specific to living with MS. The work that I’ve been doing has been contributing to that.”
“What we’ve found so far, is that a healthy diet pattern is associated with a reduced risk of MS. MSWA has been fundamental in supporting my research for the past three years. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to focus my research in this area.”
Donate now and help MSWA to continue this important work and give hope to people living with a neurological condition.