About Epilepsy and Your Impact

Did you know?

  • Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, with around 65 million people globally living with the condition.
  • Alarmingly, neurological disorders are the world’s leading cause of disability and the world’s second leading cause of death.
  • Epilepsy is a medical condition that affects the brain and causes seizures, 1 in 10 Australians will experience a seizure in their lifetime.
  • A quarter of a million Australians live with epilepsy and 30% of them are unable to control seizures with medication.
  • Seizures occur due to a change in electrical activity in the brain.
  • Signs of a seizure vary depending on where in the brain the electricity occurs.
  • Signs of a seizure can include a blank stare, unusual movements, muscle spasms or convulsions.
  • 280 Australians are diagnosed with epilepsy each week. An epilepsy diagnoses is made when a person has multiple, or reoccurring seizures.
  • There are more than 40 different types of seizures.
  • Most seizures will last between a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • A prolonged seizure over 5 minutes is a medical emergency. Call 000.

To learn more about epilepsy and Epilepsy Queensland please click through to our site where Members may access information, resources, training, support, research and more.

1 in 10 people will experience a seizure in their lifetime.

Over 28,740 people in Queensland currently live with a diagnoses of epilepsy. 3,000 more will receive their diagnosis this year. Interestingly this is more than muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, parkinson’s and motor neurone disease combined!

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises epilepsy as one of the world’s most common serious brain disorders.

Epilepsy Queensland brings hope to those living with or impacted by epilepsy throughout Queensland. We provide psycho-social supports, education and training, and policy / advocacy work to ensure the voice of people with epilepsy is heard.

People we work with often describe the receiving of a diagnosis as being ‘thrown in the deep-end.’

Your support has enabled us to provide in the last 12 months


Occasions of comprehensive support


Hours training to organisations


Epilepsy Management Plans


people educated to understand epilepsy

How your fundraising will make an impact

You are helping Epilepsy Queensland to bring support and hope to people impacted by epilepsy.  Your support will…

  • aid individuals to live well through education for people with epilepsy, their family, and carers.
  • deliver industry training and information services that will break down barriers to employment and education for people living with epilepsy.
  • create a Queensland that is aware of epilepsy and its impacts on daily life, a Queensland that is seizure smart, who can recognise the signs of a seizure and who respond to seizures with appropriate first aid.
  • help Epilepsy Queensland to openly share knowledge, advocate to those who can influence change and partner with industry leading research and medical institutes to further the advances of epilepsy care in Queensland.

Thank you for sharing our hope for more than 30,000 Queenslanders living with epilepsy is a life that is lived well with epilepsy until the day a cure can be found.

Read moving stories shared by our members about their journeys with epilepsy and how your donation can make an impact...