Western Australian Governor and MSWA patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, recently visited the organisation’s $1.5 million Community and Health Services Centre in Bunbury. The new state-of-the-art Centre is a one-stop shop for the 200 people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions and their carers living in the region.
During her visit, the Governor met with staff members and saw first-hand MSWA Members during their physiotherapy, massage and Outreach Group sessions.
“The Governor was very interested to know more about how we paid for the land and the build ourselves, and our growth plans for the coming years,” said MSWA CEO, Marcus Stafford AM.
“She was very knowledgeable about the services we provide, from our high-support and respite accommodation facilities, to the client services we offer and the record amount of $2.6 million we have invested in research to help find the cause, cure and more effective treatments for multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.”
Currently, MSWA has 17 facilities across Western Australia, and it has ambitious plans to increase that to more than 20 within the next few years.
“We believe that as the NDIS rolls out we’ll be treating more people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. That’s why we’re spending almost $8 million to build a 10-unit high-support accommodation facility, with a services hub adjacent in Butler. And in the not-too-distant future we’re looking to establish high-support accommodation facilities in Albany and Shenton Park. We’re also increasing the number of services we can provide to our Members, their families and carers,” added Mr Stafford.
“As Patron, I commend MSWA for all of the important work that it does in supporting and providing services to people living with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, including those in the South West region,” said the Governor.
“I am confident that this new Centre in Bunbury, with its state of the art facilities, will be a valued asset for the local people living with MS, and their carers, for years to come.”