This module covers information about epilepsy and seizures, including descriptions and videos of different seizure types, as well as seizure first aid and management strategies.

A disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures.

Epilepsy Also called: seizure disorder.

Symptoms require - a medical diagnosis.

During a seizure, a person experiences abnormal behaviour, symptoms, and sensations, sometimes including loss of consciousness.

Epilepsy is usually treated by medication and in some cases by surgery, devices, or dietary changes.

Epilepsy General

  • Epilepsy is a disease of the brain that affects people of all ages.

  • A person who has epilepsy has a tendency to have spontaneous, recurrent seizures.

  • An estimated 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy and 80% of them live in developing countries.

  • Approximately 3% to 3.5% of Australians will experience epilepsy at some point in their lives.

  • Over 250,000 Australians are currently living with epilepsy.

#Epilepsy Action Australia -


The following session has been developed in line with:

•  NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 and the NSW Disability Services Standards 2016;

•  NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Practice Standards 2019

The program is divided up into 10 units. They include:

Unit 1 – What is the epileptic?

Unit 2 - What people experience and treatment

Unit 3 - What are the different types of epilepsy?

Unit 4 - How do you develop epilepsy?

Unit 5 - Resources

Unit 6 - Epilepsy general procedures (guidance material only)

Unit 7 - Components of an Epilepsy Management Plan (guidance material only)

Unit 8 - Safety Issues (guidance material only)

Unit 9 - all workers supporting a person with epilepsy should (guidance material only)

Unit 10 - Myths and Facts about Epilepsy

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