Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

EPILEPSY is the most com­mon se­ri­ous brain dis­or­der in the world. More than 50 mil­lion peo­ple have the neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion. But new re­search showed only 28 per cent of Aus­tralians were aware of the dis­or­der. Epilepsy Ac­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Carol Ireland said a detri­men­tal lack of aware­ness had prompted a strong push to ed­u­cate the public. Ms Ireland said her or­gan­i­sa­tion wanted to en­cour­age com­mu­ni­ties to shine a light on the dis­or­der by light­ing a lo­cal land­mark pur­ple to start con­ver­sa­tions about it. She said a lack of aware­ness per­pet­u­ated myths, which could lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion and stop vi­tal funds for re­search and ed­u­ca­tion. "It's time to bring it out of the shad­ows," she said. The Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay will be bathed in pur­ple on March 26. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.epilepsy.org.au.

Rick Lee - Editor

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