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Do you know someone living with epilepsy? With 1 in 100 Australians living with epilepsy, it is possible you do - they could be a friend, a work colleague, someone at school, at university, in your social group or even within your own family. Epilepsy is more common than most people think, affecting over 50 million people worldwide.
To say a person has epilepsy simply means that a person has shown a tendency to have spontaneous, recurring seizures or fits. Epilepsy can occur at any time during one’s life and in the majority of cases seizures can be controlled by medication. It is important to know that epilepsy is a health condition that can be controlled by medication, just like hypertension, asthma and diabetes.
Yet the unpredictable nature of seizures means that a person with epilepsy could have a seizure at any time. Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a seizure?
A goal of Epilepsy Australia is for every Australian to be seizure aware.
For information about epilepsy and seizure first aid visit www.epilepsyaustralia.net, email [email protected] net, or call the Epilepsy Australia National Helpline on 1300 852 853. Your call will be answered in confidence by professional, experienced counsellors.
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