Seminar to educate about epilepsy in Narre Warren: Issued 6 June 2012
MEDIA RELEASE: 6 June 2012
Seminar to educate about epilepsy in Narre Warren People with epilepsy, as well as their family and friends, are invited to attend a free information seminar in Narre Warren on 20 June 2012.
Topics covered during the session will include safety and lifestyle factors, triggers and causes, diagnosis and treatment, seizure types and living with epilepsy.
Chief Executive Officer of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria, Graeme Shears, encouraged people to attend the event.
‘Epilepsy is a common medical condition that will affect around four per cent of the population at some stage in their life, and we are seeing an increasing need for information and services in the Narre Warren area’, said Mr Shears.
‘The growing population in the south eastern suburbs, particularly in the number of families with young children moving into the area, means an increasing demand for services. Young children often present with uncontrolled and difficult to manage epilepsy, such as conditions like Dravet Syndrome, a particularly severe form of childhood epilepsy’.
‘We believe it is important that people have the opportunity to learn more about this condition, the treatment options and how to manage epilepsy, so we have specifically targeted this area for one of our seminars’.
City of Casey Acting Manager Community Strengthening Joan Pepi is also encouraging local residents with epilepsy, or their family and friends, to attend the free workshop.
‘The free workshop will allow interested residents to receive a wealth of valuable information close to home and will provide an opportunity to chat to other people in a similar situation’, said Ms Pepi.
The workshop will be presented by the Epilepsy Foundation in partnership with the City of Casey.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
10.00 am to 12.00 pm
City of Casey Civic Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren
Epilepsy Foundation on 9805 9111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria provides support for people living with epilepsy and their families to help them live better lives. Services include information, advice and support, epilepsy counselling and practical assistance, as well as education and training, research and advocacy on behalf of people with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation also works to raise awareness of epilepsy in the community to reduce stigma and create a more welcoming and inclusive society.