Bringing Epilepsy Out Of The Shadows

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   14 October


Bringing epilepsy out of the shadows

Epilepsy Queensland is calling on the Maryborough and Bundaberg communities

and the surrounding areas to help bring epilepsy out of the shadows. 

We all know someone with cancer.  We all know someone with heart disease.  We

may not realise it but we also know someone with epilepsy.  However, many of

the 90,000 Queenslanders affected by the world’s most common serious brain

disorder keep it hidden.  

Although epilepsy affects more people than muscular dystrophy, cerebral

palsy, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, and several others

combined, it continues to be a hidden disorder. 

Epilepsy Queensland, Chief Executive Officer, Helen Whitehead, said “Stigma,

discrimination and public misconceptions associated with epilepsy are

sometimes worse than the condition itself.”

Approximately 2% of the population will be diagnosed with epilepsy during in

their lifetime.  Many more, as parents, siblings, friends, work colleagues,

teachers and carers are also affected.

Some of the major issues with epilepsy are recognising and managing seizures. 

To address these and other concerns including seizure first aid, Epilepsy

Queensland staff are visiting Maryborough on Monday 15 November 2010 and

Bundaberg on Tuesday 16 November 2010 to conduct ‘Understanding Epilepsy’


Invitations to attend the workshops are extended to people with epilepsy

and/or their families, disability support workers, child care workers,

teachers, nurses and allied health professionals.

Bookings are essential as there are limited places. To book and/or for

further information please call Epilepsy Queensland on 1300 852 853, email

For over 40 years, Epilepsy Queensland has been assisting Queensland families

who have been touched by epilepsy. Services include education, counselling,

information services, children’s and family support programs, specialised

training programs, support groups and advocacy.  


Photo/Story Opportunities – local people/families living with epilepsy

Media Contact: Leigh Gilbert Fundraising & PR Manager Epilepsy Queensland

07 3435 5000 -

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