Even though epilepsy is one of the most common brain disorders across the world, there is still a lot of misunderstanding about what epilepsy is and what it is like to live with. At Epilepsy New Zealand, we believe that understanding is the key to promoting better quality of life for people living with epilepsy – through reducing stigma and discrimination, providing better support for those with epilepsy and their families, and promoting research into reducing unnecessary deaths due to epilepsy and one day finding a cure.
We Support People Living with Epilepsy
We believe that no one with epilepsy should go it alone.
Research shows that, despite the condition’s prevalence, ninety percent of New Zealanders don’t have access to the epilepsy support they need.
With support from stakeholders, Epilepsy New Zealand works on a national scale delivering services that will reduce the chronic health impacts experienced by New Zealanders of all ages living with epilepsy.
Every case of epilepsy is unique and everyone with epilepsy will need some form of support in their life.
Epilepsy New Zealand works to ensure that:
– all people with epilepsy have access to information relevant to their age and condition
– employers understand epilepsy and how to respond to the needs of their people living with epilepsy
– teachers understand children’s epilepsy and how to ensure they achieve a better education
– people understand and manage their epilepsy well
– society understands epilepsy so that people with the condition feel connected and included in the community.
We do this by delivering:
– support programmes for people and families living with epilepsy
– education and training tailored for individuals, families, schools, workplaces and community settings
– community awareness programmes
Epilepsy New Zealand is the voice for people living with epilepsy.