If you know someone with epilepsy, you probably feel affected by it too.
Family, friends, carers and work colleagues often report higher levels of stress, especially during the early stages of an epilepsy diagnosis, and when seizures are not fully under control.
Epilepsy is a common condition. More than 50 million people around the world live with a diagnosis of epilepsy. One in 25 Australians (20,000 Tasmanians) will develop it at some point in their life and one in 10 of us will experience a seizure.
If this is your first experience with epilepsy it is normal to be concerned and you will likely have many questions.
We encourage you to browse this website, download our resources, join a support group and come along to a social event.
Join us by becoming a free Friend of Epilepsy Tasmania and benefit from a community of like-minded individuals, carers and experts who can provide you with help, hope and support. Ensure your school becomes Epilepsy Smart and your workplace Epilepsy Friendly.
If you have questions, call us during business hours and speak to one of our Registered Nurses or Social Workers on 03 6344 6881.
Epilepsy training is important.
- 20,000 Tasmanians will develop epilepsy with a further 80,000 family members, carers, friends and colleagues affected – that’s one-fifth of Tasmania’s population!
- 51% of Tasmanians with epilepsy have experienced discrimination in the last 12 months – mostly within their workplace or educational institutions.
- An increasing number of older people are developing epilepsy, yet they can be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because epilepsy symptoms are harder to differentiate from other causes as we age.
- People with epilepsy have an increased risk of social isolation due partly to fear of experiencing a seizure in public.