First aid and information to be provided at epilepsy meeting

SUPPORT: Epilepsy Support Group coordinator Bec Alpen is hosting a support meeting next week. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

SUPPORT: Epilepsy Support Group coordinator Bec Alpen is hosting a support meeting next week. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

A seizure first aid demonstration and information will be provided at the second Epilepsy Support Group Central West meeting at the Orange Ex Services Club on Saturday, June 24 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Bec Alpen started the group this year after patients at the Orange Neurology Centre, where she is practice manager, complained about not having a support group in Orange for 20 years.

Although she became aware of the issue through the practice, she said it is not involved with the group.

This will be the second meeting, the first involved 35 people in March.

Along with being a social occasion for people with various forms of epilepsy or who suffer seizures, as well as family and friends, anyone interested in learning more about it is welcome to attend.

“I’m happy for anybody to come along really,” Mrs Alpen said.

“I was epileptic as a child but I out grew it so I have a bit of a background.

Mrs Alpen said there are 40 different types of epilepsy and epilepsy syndromes and  about 25,000 people in Australia are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.

“It is not necessarily a lifelong disorder but can have profound social, physical and psychological consequences,” she said.

“People with epilepsy can face social stigmas and exclusions.

“Raising both public and professional awareness of epilepsy may help to reduce some of this stigma and help to educate on the condition and treatments available.”

To book, phone Mrs Alpen on 6362 2947 or email neuromanager@ix.net.au by Thursday.

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