Online Seminars

Epilepsy Conference 2024

Being a woman is hard: Exploring being a woman with epilepsy

Dr Jacqui Saw presented at the 2024 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Dr Jacqui Saw is a clinician, with main clinical and research interests in neurophysiology and epilepsy. She completed neurology advanced training in Perth Western Australia, and was a Clinical Neurophysiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota (2017-2019). Dr Saw is a Consultant Neurologist at Royal Perth and St John of God Midland Hospitals, in Perth, Western Australia, and an adjunct clinical senior lecturer for Curtin University medical school.

Dr Saw provides clinical support for the RPH epilepsy service, including a first seizure and refractory epilepsy clinics. She is part of the comprehensive neurophysiology service, and is proficient in video EEG monitoring, EMG and intra-operative neurophysiology monitoring.

Dr Saw is a current PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia, exploring “The Epidemiology, risk factors, trend and health outcomes of Epilepsy in Western Australia”.

MBBS (hons), University of Western Australia ; FRACP Neurology, Royal Australian college of Physicians

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy Conference 2024

Introduction to Stereo EEG

Dr Mubeen Janmohamed presented at the 2024 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Dr Janmohamed is a Consultant Neurologist/Epileptologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He graduated from UNSW medical school in 2010 and subsequently trained in NSW/WA for further Basic physician and Advanced Neurology training across multiple Australian hospitals in Newcastle and Perth.

He completed a 2-year fellowship in Epilepsy training at the Alfred hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne covering expertise in advanced epilepsy diagnostic and management. He is currently involved in the WA Adult State Epilepsy Service and involved in the general neurology roster at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

He is nearing completion of his Epilepsy PhD research with Monash University which focuses on treatment outcomes, AI and EEG and prognostic factors for determining drug-resistance.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualised medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy Conference 2024

SUDEP: Let’s talk about it again

Dr Nicholas Lawn presented at the 2024 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Dr Nicholas Lawn is a Consultant Neurologist and Epileptologist for the Western Australian Adult Epilepsy service in Perth, Western Australia. He did his clinical training in New Zealand with further general neurology training in Oxford and at the Mayo Clinic. He subsequently completed fellowships in epilepsy/EEG at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Alabama Medical Center.

Dr Lawn is primarily a clinician involved in the management of patients with epilepsy. His research interests include first-ever seizure and outcomes in drug resistant epilepsy.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualised medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy Conference 2024

Epilepsy in health and disease

Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis presented at the 2024 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis is a Consultant Neurologist specialised in Epileptology and Clinical Neurophysiology. He works at the Neurology Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and at Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science where he recently started a dedicated Epilepsy and Pregnancy clinic, the first of its kind in Western Australia.

His epilepsy clinics are focused on the care of people with drug-resistant epilepsy, complex epilepsy (in people with neurodevelopmental or psychiatric comorbidities), and epilepsy in women (dealing with preconception counselling, pregnancy and breastfeeding issues).

Dr Gaitatzis is subspecialised in Epilepsy and has expertise in diagnostic EEG in epilepsy, sleep and other disorders, and presurgical evaluation of epilepsy. Other clinical interests include headache and the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualised medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy Conference 2024

Depression: Rates and treatment in epilepsy patients

A/Professor Bradleigh Hayhow presented at the 2024 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Dr Brad Hayhow is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his primary medical degree from Flinders University he has an Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Adelaide and Master of Affective Neuroscience from Maastricht University.

He works in public and private practice and has special interests in neurological comorbidity and developmental disorders in adults.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualised medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy Conference 2024

Epilepsy and genes

Professor Lakshmi Nagarajan presented at the 2024 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Professor Lakshmi Nagarajan, an internationally renowned child neurologist and epileptologist, has been a consultant at (the former) Princess Margaret Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) for more than 20 years.

Professor Nagarajan directs the Child and Adolescent Epilepsy Program in Western Australia and is a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine.

Professor Nagarajan has fostered and advanced high quality care for children and neonates with neurological disorders across the world through her work in Australia, India, USA and Canada.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualised medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy Conference 2024

Exercise medicine and epilepsy

Katie Stewart, MD and Co-founder of Chronic Care Australia, presented at the 2024 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Katie has over 20 years of experience as an Exercise Physiologist and exercise specialist. More recently she has directed her focus towards chronic mental and physical illness and injury prevention research and services. 

Katie is a passionate and dedicated advocate for combined mental and physical primary health services for chronic disease. She is determined to drive real change in healthcare delivery by partnering with large corporations and state and federal health to introduce reform and effective strategies for chronic disease management, treatment and prevention using exercise as medicine.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy WA Conference 2022 - Professor Mark Cook

Epilepsy and Risk Presentation

Hear Epilepsy WA’s Nurse Kristy Cassidy speak on the topic of epilepsy and risk, and the actions you can take to help reduce your risk of epilepsy-related harm. This presentation is not meant to replace individual medical advice. The conversation of epilepsy and risk is one that is best continued with your treating doctor. All actions to reduce risk should only be considered as one part of an overall risk reduction strategy.

Epilepsy WA Conference 2022 - Professor Mark Cook

Non-invasive seizure forecasting and technological advances in implantable devices

Professor Mark Cook presented at the 2022 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Mark Cook is the director of the Graeme Clark Institute and Sir John Eccles Chair of Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Director of Neurology at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

He is also Chair of the Human Ethics Committee, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Honorary Physician to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Chair, Bionic Institute’s Honorary Clinical Research Fellows, Chair, Medical History Museum Committee.

His recent work has focused on experimental models of epilepsy and seizure prediction. He has led 3 first-in-man studies of novel epilepsy management and treatment devices, and is founder of EpiMinder, an implantable seizure detection system currently in clinical trials, and is co-founder of a machine learning based medical diagnostics start-up.

He has been instrumental in establishing the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, a bioengineering institute embedded in a clinical facility, currently under construction, and NeoBionica, a biofabrication facility to build human-grade medical implants in prototype.

He is author of 2 scholarly books, 14 book chapters and over 300 published peer reviewed original papers and published abstracts.

Please note: This educational expert talk contains images or footage that some viewers may find confronting to watch. All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy WA Conference 2022 - Dr Hari Ramakonar

Epilepsy Surgery

Dr Hari Ramakonar presented at the 2022 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Dr Hari Ramakonar is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital with a focus on the major clinical aspects of neurosurgery including complex spine surgery, neuro-oncology, spine and neurotrauma, epilepsy surgery and paediatric neurosurgery.

Throughout his 15 year medical career he has contributed to and published in numerous highly regarded academic medical publications and presented at local and international meetings.

He has completed world class fellowships in Canada and in Melbourne, Australia and has a deep interest in health, wellness and the human nervous system.

Please note: This educational expert talk contains images or footage that some viewers may find confronting to watch. All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy WA Conference 2022 - Professor John Dunne

Medicinal Cannabis

Professor John Dunne presented at the 2022 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Professor Dunne is the Clinical Professor of the Department of Medicine at the University of Western Australia.

He serves as Chairman of the Western Australian Comprehensive Epilepsy Service and as Secretary General for International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) – Asia Oceania. A member and past chairman (2015-2019) of the Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA), ILAE, Professor Dunne has been involved in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology teaching throughout the Asian and Oceanian region.

The esteemed neurologist is also a member of Epilepsy Society of Australia national executive and participates in EEG, driving and other committees.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy WA Conference 2022 - Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis

Epilepsy and Driving

Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis presented at the 2022 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis is a Consultant Neurologist specialised in Epileptology and Clinical Neurophysiology. He works at the Neurology Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and at Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science where he recently started a dedicated Epilepsy and Pregnancy clinic, the first of its kind in Western Australia.

His epilepsy clinics are focused on the care of people with drug-resistant epilepsy, complex epilepsy (in people with neurodevelopmental or psychiatric comorbidities), and epilepsy in women (dealing with preconception counselling, pregnancy and breastfeeding issues).

Dr Gaitatzis is subspecialised in Epilepsy and has expertise in diagnostic EEG in epilepsy, sleep and other disorders, and presurgical evaluation of epilepsy. Other clinical interests include headache and the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

Epilepsy WA Conference 2022 - Professor Lakshmi Nagarajan

Epilepsy and Children

Professor Lakshmi Nagarajan presented at the 2022 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Professor Lakshmi Nagarajan, an internationally renowned child neurologist and epileptologist, has been a consultant at (the former) Princess Margaret Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) for more than 20 years.

Dr Nagarajan directs the Child and Adolescent Epilepsy Program in Western Australia and is a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine.

Professor Nagarajan has fostered and advanced high quality care for children and neonates with neurological disorders across the world through her work in Australia, India, USA and Canada.

Please note: All talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions.

SUDEP: Let’s talk about it

Dr Nicholas Lawn presented at the 2021 Epilepsy WA Conference. Dr Lawn is a Consultant Neurologist and Epileptologist for the Western Australian Adult Epilepsy service.

In this talk at the Epilepsy WA 2021 Conference, you will hear Dr Lawn speak about SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy) and the steps you can take to reduce your risk.

We are aware this is a sensitive and sometimes confronting topic and Epilepsy WA is available to support you on 1300 660 880 should this talk raise any questions. This talk is general in nature and should not take the place of a conversation about risk with your treating doctor.

Epilepsy WA has information about risk management plans, identifying and avoiding seizure triggers such as missed medications, lack of sleep, excess alcohol and more, and information on seizure alert devices which can be used as one part of an overall risk reduction plan.

Epilepsy, Pregnancy and Family Planning

Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis presented at the 2021 Epilepsy WA Conference.

Watch Epileptologist Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis talk about epilepsy, pregnancy and family planning at the 2021 Epilepsy WA annual conference.

Please note all talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualized medical advice.

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Seizure Alert Technologies

Are you interested in learning about Seizure Alert Devices and how they might be able to notify a loved one or even the emergency services when you experience a seizure?

If so, then this recorded Seizure Alert Technology talk from our conference is a must to watch.

Please note all talks are general in nature and shouldn’t replace individualised medical advice.

NDIS An Overview & Pathways

Hear Chris Lejmanoski, Senior Engagement Officer from the NDIA speak about the NDIS and the process and pathways to apply at our 2021 conference.

Memory and Epilepsy

Struggles with memory can be a challenge that many of those living with epilepsy face. Epilepsy WA has created a free webinar on the topic.

Epilepsy, Stress Management and You

Taking action to reduce stress is one way in which we gain control over our lives. Epilepsy WA has created this free online seminar to assist with stress management techniques.

Epilepsy & Sleep

Sleep deprivation is considered one of the most common seizure triggers for those living with epilepsy and getting adequate sleep is reportedly an essential component in helping to reduce epilepsy related risk. Epilepsy WA has produced this free webinar that explores the complexities of epilepsy and sleep and talks about ways in which you may be able to overcome barriers that stand in your way of getting adequate rest.

Sami Alert Device Video Information Session

An informative video information session recorded between Epilepsy WA and Seizure Alert Australia on the Sami (Sleep Activity Monitor) device. The Sami is a sleep activity monitor for caregivers and individuals who need to watch carefully for abnormal movements at night. This video covers frequently asked questions about the Sami, which may assist you in deciding whether this is the right device for you.

Nightwatch Video Information Session

An informative video information session recorded between Epilepsy WA and Seizure Alert Australia on the Nightwatch device. A comfortable wireless armband that closely monitors the heart rate and motion while the wearer is lying in bed. This video covers frequently asked questions about the Nightwatch, which may assist you in deciding whether this is the right device for you.

Epilepsy WA and Empatica, Embrace Watch Video Information Session

An informative video information session recorded between Epilepsy WA and Empatica, the makers of the Embrace Watch. This video covers frequently asked questions about the Embrace Watch and may help you decide whether it’s the right device for you.

Epilepsy WA and Pulseguard (UK) Video Information Session

An informative video information session recorded between Epilepsy WA and Kate Farmer from Pulseguard (UK). This video covers frequently asked questions about the Pulseguard device, which may assist you in deciding whether it’s the right device for you.
The PulseGuard has now been replaced by the PulseGuardian, which monitors heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. Click here to view a PluseGuardian information video

Epilepsy WA and Epihunter Video Information Session

An informative video information session recorded between Epilepsy WA and Tim from Epihunter (Belgium). The Epihunter has the ability to detect absence seizures. This video covers frequently asked questions about the Epihunter device, which may assist you in deciding whether it’s the right device for you.

As a community service, Epilepsy WA produces webinars to help educate the community on some of the seizure alert device options that are available. Please be advised that Epilepsy WA does not endorse any of these devices. Our online seminars are not recorded with the intention that they will replace individual medical advice. Please speak to a medical professional if you are concerned about your epilepsy or your wellbeing.

These webinars are made possible thanks to the support of UCB.

Supported by UCB

DISCLAIMER

Important Message: The information contained within this website is not intended to take the place of individual medical advice. Do not make changes to treatment or medications without first discussing with your treating clinician.

EVENTS

  • Epilepsy WA Conference, Friday 1st March 2024
  • Annual Purple Walk, Sunday 17th March 2024
  • Purple Lights for Purple Day, Tuesday 26th March 2024
  • Make March Purple for Epilepsy WA, March 2024

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