Epilepsy info is key
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.
Epilepsy Action Australia chief executive Carol Ireland with the USBS.