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Epilepsy New Zealand ‘concerned’ at care provided to school pupil

Epilepsy New Zealand (ENZ) is concerned at the care provided to a Long Bay pupil between 2018 and 2020 and wants schools to know that training is available.

CEO Ross Smith says, “The case highlights the need for all schools to be trained and competent in keeping people living with epilepsy safe in New Zealand”.

“Parents have the right to expect their children are going to be looked after at school”.

Training for teachers and school administration staff is available such as Epilepsy New Zealand’s ‘SeizureSmart Schools’, an easy to access on-line course, to complement the face-to-face training and support offered by the team of trained epilepsy educators.

“We are making great progress but we still lag behind many other countries, notably USA and Australia where epilepsy education for schools has become mandatory. We would love to see this in New Zealand too”.

In 2021 a petition was launched by Otumoetai College student Erin Murphy to make epilepsy education mandatory in New Zealand.

“We eagerly await the chance to support Erin to present her petition to the new Health Select Committee in the near future”.

Epilepsy affects around 1 in a 100 people in New Zealand or around 50,000 people. Around 70% of people living with epilepsy are well maintained on one or more anti-seizure medications.

Epilepsy New Zealand is the only nationwide organisation providing information and support to people living with epilepsy in New Zealand

If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out to us on 0800 374537 or national@epilepsy.org.nz


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