Epilepsy affects as many as two per cent of Queensland children and adults. There are more people with epilepsy than with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and several others combined. Epilepsy is recognised as the world’s most common serious brain disorder (WHO, 1997). While in most cases it is diagnosed during the school years, epilepsy may affect anyone at anytime. More people are being diagnosed later in life.
Since 1969, Epilepsy Queensland Inc has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy and their carers/families through information, support, counselling, education, training, advocacy and research. Considerable effort is put into increasing public awareness and raising community understanding of epilepsy. We offer inservice training for health, disability and education organisations so they are better placed to help people with epilepsy.
For more information, please visit the Epilepsy Queensland website www.epilepsyqueensland.com.au.
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a genetic neurodegenerative disease. This means that it is a disease of the brain and is passed down through a family line. There is currently no cure for HD, but there are some treatments that can help to ease certain symptoms. From the onset of symptoms, people with HD carry a life expectancy of 10 to 25 years.
Huntingtons Queensland was established as a small voluntary support group in 1976 and is now a well-established professional centre providing support to hundreds of families and professionals throughout Queensland. The Association is a member organisation of the national and international Huntington’s Disease Associations. Fundraising through membership contributions, donations and other activities us expand our services and awareness of HD.
For more information, please visit the Huntingtons Queensland website http://huntingtonsqld.org.au/.
MND Association Queensland
The Motor Neurone Disease Association Queensland (MNDAQ) is committed to supporting and maintaining the quality of life for all people living with motor neurone disease (MND) within Queensland.
We run an information and referral advisory service that provides essential information to families, health professionals and the general public, physical and emotional support to patients and carers, and referral to appropriate medical, health and community services.
For more information, please visit the MND Association Queensland website www.mndaq.org.au
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease of the nervous system, for which there is no cure. It is one of the most common chronic diseases of the central nervous system in young adults.
MS Queensland works hard to be the first-choice for MS information, education, treatment, care and support across Queensland.
Our vision is a world free from MS and its devastating impact. We exist to help people living with MS to get the best out of life; to advocate for change and to search for a cure.
In Queensland, nobody has a better knowledge of the disease nor assumes a greater role in education and raising awareness of MS than us. We play a pivotal role in quality control and ensuring that people with MS are having their needs met, and in advocating on their behalf.
For more information, please visit the MS Queensland website www.msqld.org.au.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects people from all walks of life. It is quite common, with approximately 80,000 Australians, including over 17,000 Queenslanders living with Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s Queensland aims to alleviate the distress experienced by people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease or related disorders, by offering training, information and assistance.
We work collaboratively with other community service providers and allied health professionals to provide greater public understanding of the impact of these illnesses and the limitations and special needs of those affected. We also encourage research into the cause and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders.
For more information, please visit the Parkinson’s Queensland website www.parkinsons-qld.org.au.