Education for the Disability Sector

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We have numerous courses available for disability service providers, staff and carers. Our two core education courses are Epilepsy Essentials and Emergency Medication. These cover the basics of seizure first aid and how to administer emergency medication.

We also have three specific online short courses available to further increase understanding of epilepsy in relation to disability.

Epilepsy and Disability

  • 250,000 Australians live with epilepsy and there are 40 different types of epilepsy and epilepsy syndromes
  • 72,000 people were hospitalised for epilepsy in 2016/17,  54% of these were preventable (I)
  • Epilepsy is associated with an increased risk of death, up to 2-3 times greater than the general population (II)
  • Epilepsy is highly prevalent in people with intellectual disabilities. Service providers should be equipped with the skills and information needed to manage this condition (III)


Core Education courses

Epilepsy Essentials

Emergency Medication

The course covers information about epilepsy
and seizures, including descriptions and
videos of different seizure types, as well as
seizure first aid and management strategies.For groups, this can also be completed via
webinar or an onsite session that takes
approximately an hour. Email
[email protected] for
more information.This course can be completed
by individuals online.
You will learn about common emergency
medications used for seizures; why it is used;
how to manage seizure emergencies; your
responsibilities during the process; and how
to administer the medication in a safe and
timely manner. This includes practical
competency assessment of participants in
the administration of emergency medication
for seizures.For groups, this can also be completed via
webinar or an onsite session that takes two
hours.  Email [email protected] for
more information.This course can be completed
by individuals online.

Training for Epilepsy and Disability

Highly commended by disability support organisations for the interactive and engaging activities

Living with Epilepsy and

Epilepsy: Minimising
the risk

Observing and Recording

The course helps to provide
an understanding of living
with epilepsy and disability
including challenges faced
and quality of life.

Complete online now.

The course looks at potential
risks across environments
and practical ways to reduce
risks. Also includes training
to support and manages
others witnessing seizures.

Complete online now.

The course helps to ensure
your observation and
recording skills are accurate
and clear when describing

Complete online now.

Accredited Courses

Epilepsy Action Australia offers four nationally accredited online options which are delivered in partnership with Red Cross Training Services.

These courses require candidates to have completed one of the following related units:

  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation OR
  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support OR
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

There are online and practical assessment tasks throughout the accredited training. Graduates of these online units will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment issued by Red Cross Training Services (RTOID: 3605)

View Education page and scroll to the end for these courses.


Contact us on [email protected] or 1300 37 45 37 for more information.


(I) AIHW – Adpated Patient Care 2016/17 Australian Hospital Statistics
(II) Prevalence of epilepsy among people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. 2015 Robertson J1, Hatton C2, Emerson E3, Baines S2.
Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy Abstract paper of 48 studies