Epilepsy Smart Schools Program

Epilepsy Smart Schools – helping schools across Western Australia and Australia-wide to meet their duty of care to children living with epilepsy.

Who Can Register?

Any school that wishes to develop the capacity of their teachers and school community to better support young people living with epilepsy should consider becoming an Epilepsy Smart School.

Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic conditions that school staff will encounter during their career. Students with epilepsy may need additional support – seizures can be just the tip of the iceberg. There are over 40 types of seizures and for each student their epilepsy experience is different.

All Australian schools have a duty of care to ensure they provide an inclusive learning environment. Under the Australian Government’s Disability Standards for Education 2005 schools are obliged to ensure that students with additional needs can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.

First Aid training is not enough, teachers need epilepsy specific training.

Epilepsy WA can train your staff and provide vital epilepsy and seizure first aid knowledge from as little as $12 per teacher. We can help your teachers understand epilepsy and how it may impact on your student’s learning capacity via a succinct online learning course or through the delivery of a face to face training session. EWA can also provide support to schools throughout Regional WA through our use of ZOOM, to provide live training via video link. To learn more about the courses we offer, such as our foundational course Epilepsy: An Introduction to Understanding and Managing Epilepsy, click here.

The Epilepsy Smart Schools program has been developed to support students, teachers and the broader school community.

Training teachers is one of three vital and simple steps needed, to ensure your school can proudly state you are a nationally accredited Epilepsy Smart School.

 

To become recognised as an “Epilepsy Smart School”, your school will need to have completed the following three steps:

Step 1. Make sure you have an up to date Epilepsy Management Plan in place for each student living with epilepsy and that these plans are reviewed at least annually.

Step 2. Have your staff undertake a 1 hour Understanding and Managing Epilepsy training course online or via face to face learning, to ensure they understand about epilepsy, seizure first aid and the learning impacts. Click here to purchase this training online or call 1300 852 853 to receive a quote and book a face to face visit to your school.

Step 3. Hold an epilepsy awareness activity at your school – such as a Purple Day (where students are asked to dress in purple). Click here for more information on how you can easily complete step 3 of your Smart Schools accreditation process.

NB. If you have children in your school who require emergency medication in the event of a seizure, you will need to train a small pool of staff in Midazolam or other Emergency Medication Administration, in line with your students individual care plan. Call 1300 852 853 to book face to face training with one of our Experienced Nurse Educators or to arrange a live interactive webinar training session. To become fully accredited as an Epilepsy Smart School the practical component of this training must be completed if you have children in your care who require emergency medication in the event of a seizure.

Visit www.epilepsysmartschools.org.au to learn how your school can become recognised as an “Epilepsy Smart School” or to access free resources, including Epilepsy Management Plan Templates, Emergency Medication Management Plan Templates, parent and teacher help-sheets, learning plan templates, curriculum resources and much more.

Program benefits:

What are the benefits of being an Epilepsy Smart School?

  • You are promoting a safe and inclusive environment for students living with epilepsy.
  • Your students are able to reach their academic potential.
  • School staff will have a better understanding of what is expected of teachers in supporting a student living with epilepsy in accordance with the Disability Standards for Education 2005
  • Teacher standards are being adhered to in relation to supporting all students in a safe and inclusive manner.
  • Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in continuing professional development.
  • Your school has the opportunity to play an important part in raising epilepsy awareness.

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

  • Purple Walk For Epilepsy WA - March 2021
  • Purple Lights for Purple Day – March 26th
  • Morning Tea for Epilepsy WA Purple Day

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