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Epilepsy Smart Schools

Epilepsy Smart Schools

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The Epilepsy Smart Schools program has been developed to support students, teachers and schools.

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What is the Epilepsy Smart Schools program?

All schools have a duty of care to provide a safe learning environment for all students and ensure they accommodate the needs of all students.

Epilepsy can have a big impact on a child’s experience at school due to the impact of seizures and any medication they may be taking, making it hard for a child to concentrate or remember information from class.

Epilepsy is more than just seizures and first aid training is not enough. There are over 60 types of epilepsy and everyone’s experience with the condition is different.

Teachers need to understand the impact of epilepsy on student learning, as well as having epilepsy-specific training in understanding and managing epilepsy.

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To become an Epilepsy Smart School, a school must:

  • Ensure each student with epilepsy has a current Epilepsy Management Plan and, if required, an Emergency Medication Management Plan
  • Complete epilepsy education for all staff, as well as training for staff with a duty of care in the administration of emergency medication, if relevant to a specific child’s needs
  • Help reduce stigma and increase understanding by holding an awareness-raising or curriculum-based activity.

If you would like more information:

For further information visit Epilepsy Smart Schools or contact:

National Epilepsy Support Service
Phone: 1300 761 487
Email: support@epilepsysmart.org.au
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The Epilepsy Smart Australia program received funding from the Australian Government.