IN THE KNOW: Ricki Parry, at a fundraising dinner for epilepsy at the Grand Hotel, is encouraging people to attend an upcoming epilepsy education workshop.
IN THE KNOW: Ricki Parry, at a fundraising dinner for epilepsy at the Grand Hotel, is encouraging people to attend an upcoming epilepsy education workshop. Luka Kauzlaric

Education workshop will challenge perception of epilepsy

ELIMINATING stigma and raising more awareness is what Ricki Parry hopes an upcoming epilepsy workshop will achieve.

Epilepsy Queensland Inc will offer an education workshop to dispel myths and outline how to deal with treatment and emergency management of the condition.

Mr Parry was diagnosed with the condition eight years ago - he was 18 at the time.

At first he knew nothing about the disorder and it was hard to come to grips with.

"Since then, I have tried to find out as much as I can and what I can do to help others as well," he said.

Mr Parry has a mild form of epilepsy, and his seizures are controlled by medication.

"I'm lucky I haven't had a (seizure) for over a year. I know a lot of people who do have them on a daily basis and that's even with medication," Mr Parry said.

It's not one of those things you can see visually so to get an understanding of that can be difficult.

He encouraged people to attend the workshop to get a better understanding about what epilepsy is.

"It's not a disability, we didn't ask for this, it's just something we unfortunately have and we have to learn to live with," Mr Parry said.

"It took a bit of getting used to; there are certain things you have to be careful with around people.

"I'm lucky my family and my employer are great with it but I think more awareness will help with people with epilepsy.

"It's not one of those things you can see visually so to get an understanding of that can be difficult."

EQI client services co-ordinator Yvette McMurtrie said teachers, child care staff, disability support workers and general practitioners were encouraged to join people with epilepsy and parents for the educational workshop.

"Anyone who works with, or deals regularly with, children, should have a full understanding of epilepsy, especially some of the myths surrounding the condition," she said.

"This workshop helps them to recognise the different types of seizures and teaches them how to minimise seizure triggers."

The workshop will be at the Gladstone City Library on Thursday, May 8 from 12.30-4.30pm; a $60 fee applies.

Bookings are essential, on 1300 852 853.



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