Tasmania Collections staff at Hobart LINC completed workplace
epilepsy awareness and seizure first aid training with Epilepsy
Tasmania during National Work Safe Month, taking the organisation a
step closer toward becoming an Epilepsy Friendly Workplace.

Epilepsy is a common brain disorder that takes the form of recurring seizures. It can develop
at any age regardless of ethnicity or gender. One in 10 people will experience a
seizure, and one in 25 Australians (20,000 Tasmanians) will develop epilepsy at some
point during their life.

Independent research recently revealed that 53% of Tasmanians living with epilepsy
experience discrimination at some point in their life, with 51% of those within the last 12
months. The most common place for discrimination is the workplace, followed
closely by educational environments.

“Epilepsy Tasmania’s workplace training demystifies epilepsy and the stigma that often
accompanies it,” said CEO Wendy Groot. “Participants gain an understanding of the
condition of epilepsy, how to differentiate between a seizure and other conditions, and
the impact seizures have on people living with epilepsy.”

Senior Librarian at Hobart LINC, Elizabeth Roberts, described the training as excellent.
“I have had a number of staff approach me to say they now feel more confident in their
understanding of how epilepsy works and how they might respond if someone has a
seizure. And our two staff members who live with epilepsy appreciated the opportunity
for their colleagues to learn a little more about something that they have to manage
each day.”

Epilepsy Tasmania is a not-for-profit association that has been improving the quality of
life and community participation of Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy for
over 40 years. Its trainers have in-depth knowledge of epilepsy and work statewide with
organisations of all sizes and across all sectors.

Businesses can find out more about becoming an Epilepsy Friendly Workplace on
Epilepsy Tasmania’s website or by phoning 1300 852 853.

ABOUT EPILEPSY:
Epilepsy is a very common and serious condition that affects nerve cell activity in the
brain and results in unpredictable, recurring episodes known as seizures.
A seizure is a disturbance of movement, feeling or consciousness and involves sudden,
inappropriate and excessive electrical discharges in the brain. Seizures manifest
differently for different people.
Epilepsy can develop at any age regardless of ethnicity or gender. One in 10 people will
experience a seizure, and one in 25 Australians (20,000 Tasmanians) will develop
epilepsy at some point during their life.

ABOUT EPILEPSY TASMANIA:
Epilepsy Tasmania is a not-for-profit association improving the quality of life and
community participation of Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy.

ABOUT DONATE TO THE LAVENDER:
Epilepsy Tasmania is a Tasmanian not-for-profit association significantly reliant upon
donations and grants, and the only one providing on-the-ground services and support in
Tasmania for Tasmanians who live with or are affected by epilepsy.
As we approach our major annual fundraiser this March – International Epilepsy
Awareness Month – we are noticing an increasing number of interstate charities
collecting donations within Tasmania yet not providing actual services or support here.
To prevent misunderstanding and stop much-needed donations from being taken out of
our state, Epilepsy Tasmania has introduced its Donate to the Lavender logo: when
you see this logo or the name Epilepsy Tasmania, rest assured your donation will stay
in Tasmania and be used to help Tasmanians.
Claire Burnet