Epilepsy info is key

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By BRYCE LUFF

A NEW tool for peo­ple with epilepsy has been rolled out in WA.

The Myepilep­sykey, launched at the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search last month, is a USB link­ing to in­for­ma­tion that Epilepsy Action Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Carol Ire­land said could be vi­tal to im­prov­ing the lives of 26,000 West Aus­tralians with the con­di­tion.

“Our goal is for ev­ery per­son liv­ing with epilepsy in WA to have a key,” she said.

“It’s not widely known but peo­ple liv­ing with epilepsy face a mul­ti­tude of chal­lenges that pre­vent them from liv­ing op­ti­mal lives.

“It can be a lonely and iso­lat­ing con­di­tion lead­ing to anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion, it can con­sume fam­i­lies men­tally and fi­nan­cially, and it can im­pact dra­mat­i­cally on chil­dren’s learn­ing.

“Then there is so­cial stigma and ex­clu­sion that still oc­curs.”

In­spired by cricket per­son­al­ity Tony Greig’s mis­sion to give peo­ple with epilepsy an op­por­tu­nity to live a ful­fill­ing life, the USB is fash­ioned into a key.

The ges­ture is a sym­bol of the for­mer Eng­land cap­tain and com­men­ta­tor’s work us­ing keys in his pitch re­ports.

Greig, who lived with epilepsy from the age of 12, spent al­most 20 years on the Epilepsy Action Aus­tralia board, help­ing gen­er­ate money and awareness.

The keys are avail­able at Friendlies Phar­ma­cies.

Lot­tery­west grants and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment gen­eral man­ager Jac­quie Thom­son said her or­gan­i­sa­tion was proud to con­trib­ute $100,000 to the pro­ject.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d471875

Epilepsy Action Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Carol Ire­land with the USBS.

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