Two years ago, a cancerous tumour was discovered in Brisbane man Phillip Filia’s left calf.
“The tumour couldn’t be treated without an amputation below the left knee,” Phillip said.
Following surgery in February 2017, Phillip applied for a basic prosthesis through the Queensland Artificial Limb Service administered by Queensland Health.
Then, with the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Brisbane in 2018, Phillip was able to access funding for a number of new prosthesis that better suited his active lifestyle.
“The important thing for me is having a really good prosthesis. I have always been a pretty active person and love sport and that kind of thing. It was really important to get back to as normal a lifestyle as I could manage, so the main focus for me was an everyday leg that allowed me to get back to playing golf or working in the yard.
“Part of my plan was also to get a wet leg. With the wet leg fitted I can jump in the pool or walk along the beach. Prior to that this wasn’t possible.”
With his new wet leg fitted, Phillip was also able to have his first shower standing up in over two years.
“Having that first shower was a surreal feeling, it was wonderful just to stand in the shower.”
Phillip said his transition to the NDIS has been a great experience.
“The initial application process was quite new to me and it was a case of try it and see.
“Everything went so well, the funding was allocated correctly and I could use my existing provider for the new prosthesis. It has been really positive. I haven’t had any dramas with getting the funding that I need and it has been a great experience.”
For more information about the NDIS or how to access it, contact your Partner in the Community Carers Queensland on (07) 3215 9600.