Taranaki Office


Community House, 32 Leach Street, New Plymouth 4310

Contact Details

Phone: 06 757 5644 or 0800 EPILEPSY

Mobile: 027 221 3657 - Dianne Darbyshire
Email: taranaki@epilepsy.org.nz

Operating Hours

Please telephone the office for details of operating hours and to make an appointment. Appointments are necessary.

Services Available

Information and Support

For people who have epilepsy and their families / whanau.

Personal Appointments

To assist a person who has epilepsy to understand and manage their epilepsy, covering:

  • What is epilepsy?
  • Medication for epilepsy
  • Possible improvement in seizure control
  • Employment and education issues
  • Information about medical and other community services.


For people with epilepsy to health services, schools, employers and community agencies.


Brochures, information sheets, newsletters, etc.

Taranaki Support Groups

Please telephone 0800 EPILEPSY for further details.

  • New Plymouth Support Group with speaker - alternate months
  • Hawera Support Group - alternate months.

Understanding Epilepsy Seminars

These training seminars are suitable for health professionals, education professionals, students, community agencies, workplaces, care facilities, government departments, or anyone interested in learning how to recognise and manage seizures.  
Full Understanding Epilepsy Seminars 1½-2 hours covering:

  • What is epilepsy
  • What causes epilepsy
  • Recognition of seizure types
  • Managing seizures
  • Seizure triggers
  • Recording seizures
  • Principles of anti-epileptic medication
  • Life style issues.

Also available are basic Understanding Epilepsy Seminars which are 30-40 minutes covering:

  • What is epilepsy
  • What causes epilepsy
  • Recognising seizure types
  • How to manage seizures
  • Seizure triggers
  • Life style issues.


To view current listings of upcoming seminars in your area please visit the Epilepsy New Zealand homepage.
To register for a seminar or to request a seminar for your organisation please telephone 0800 EPILEPSY.

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