Information and Resources
Epilepsy New Zealand Support and Information Line operates Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm. The Support and Information Line is staffed by Epilepsy Educators with expertise in how epilepsy affects health, well-being and daily living issues incorporating person-centred, self-management strategies.
We do our best to be responsive to all referrals, although waiting periods may apply in busy periods. Please indicate the urgency on referrals, as referrals can be triaged depending on need.
Epilepsy Educators are available to assist people living with epilepsy and their families and support networks.
Epilepsy Educators can provide:
– advice and information about epilepsy
– advice about risk management and living well with epilepsy
– individualised support for people living with epilepsy who require assistance with accessing supports and community resources
– development of tailored seizure management plans
People are able to self-refer to our services. We also welcome confidential referrals from health professionals.
Education and Training
Epilepsy New Zealand offers evidence-based general and person-centred epilepsy education and training programs designed for families, schools, communities and the workplace. Our training programmes increase awareness and understanding of epilepsy in the community.
Past participants have told us that they feel more confident in recognising seizure activity and providing person-specific support after completing our training programs.
People living with epilepsy experience better outcomes through improved epilepsy knowledge, seizure management plan development, seizure first aid response and training in emergency medication administration.
A number of peer support groups are run throughout the year for families, young people and adults living with epilepsy. Our Facebook page provides opportunities for people living with epilepsy and their families to connect with others and share their stories.