Epilepsy Smart Australia, in partnership with six epilepsy service providers from every state and territory in Australia is delighted to launch Epilepsy Smart Learning.
Epilepsy Smart Learning is a new online education and training platform through which we aim to equip you to better understand and support the needs of people living with epilepsy, ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for them. This is all part of our aim to create an Epilepsy Smart Australia.
The new platform enables users to have an improved learning experience. It allows fast, easy and flexible access to the course modules in a self-managed learning environment enabling people to complete it anywhere, any time and at their own pace.
Our training programs have been developed with the collective knowledge of a range of experts from around Australia who are leaders in the sector, making us the leading provider of high-quality epilepsy training in Australia.
This knowledge is translated into easy-learning modules that are up-to-date, engaging and easy to understand, enhancing learning and retention of information.
To help you get started and to understand the need for epilepsy education and training and the Epilepsy Smart Learning platform better, below are some answers to questions you may have:
1. Why do we need to have education and training in understanding and managing epilepsy?
There are more than 60 different types of seizure and everyone’s experience with epilepsy is different. Anyone of any age can experiences a seizure at any time – a seizure can happen at work, at home, at school or out in the community. Knowing how to recognise when someone is having a seizure and what to do, is vital to be able to assist and care for the person, to ensure their safety and minimise the risk of injury or worse. Through education and training, we aim to equip you to better understand and support the needs of people living with epilepsy and ensure a safe environment, no matter where you are. This is all part of our aim to create an Epilepsy Smart Australia.
2. Why should we choose Epilepsy Smart Learning?
Epilepsy Smart training programs have been developed with the collective knowledge of a range of experts nationally who are leaders in the sector, making us the leading provider of high-quality epilepsy training in Australia. We ensure ongoing best practice information is provided to learners through modules developed by subject matter experts, with content based on the latest knowledge in the epilepsy sector. This knowledge is translated into easy-learning modules that are up-to-date, engaging and easy to understand, enhancing learning and retention of information.
3. Do we need to have someone in our community with epilepsy before we can register for training?
No, the program is available to anyone.
4. How much does the eLearning training cost?
The eLearning courses cost $80 for individual learners and $50 each for 10 or more learners.
For 30+ learners please email us at LMSsupport@epilepsyfoundation.org.au and we will be in touch to discuss your group training needs.
For individuals and families living with epilepsy, training is free of charge.
5. How long does the training take to complete?
The eLearning courses range in length from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Once registered, the learner has up to 90 days to complete each module.
6. Who within our organisation/workplace should be registered and complete the training?
Anyone within any organisation, whether it be a disability, aged care or allied health centre, sporting club or workplace, can complete the training as you never know when you will encounter someone having a seizure. However, it is strongly recommended that anyone who has a close working relationship with someone with epilepsy complete the training.
7. Who within our pre-school/school should complete training?
It is recommended that school staff with a direct teaching role or other staff who have a duty of care, as directed by the school principal, undertake training. To check the requirements in your state or territory visit epilepsysmartschools.org.au/resources/government-policy/
8. We do have basic first aid training; is first aid training enough?
While first aid and seizure first aid training can assist you in knowing what to do if someone near you has a seizure, it is not enough. People living with epilepsy will most likely have an Epilepsy Management Plan in place, which gives instructions on what to do to support the person in the event that they have a seizure. They may also have an Emergency Medication Management Plan in place, which outlines how any emergency medication must be administered. You must have training in the administration of emergency medication to be able to safely do so.
There are also certain circumstances in which it is vital that you call an ambulance when a person is having a seizure.
9. What are the benefits of the training you provide over other options?
Epilepsy Smart Australia is the national collaboration of six epilepsy service providers from every state and territory in Australia. Our collective organisations are working together to provide the highest possible standard of education and training to individuals, schools and organisations around the country. In short, we are the experts in the field of epilepsy education and have pooled our resources, knowledge and skills to provide quality training programs.
Our trainers bring a wealth of experience with backgrounds and qualifications in nursing, direct care, disability and education. All of our trainers hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. While our training programs are developed nationally and based on current best practice, training is delivered by experts in the sector on a state-by-state basis, so you are provided the best training possible to apply in your state of residence.
10. If someone experienced a seizure at school/in our care, would we be expected to administer medication?
Any student or person with epilepsy in your organisation should have a current Epilepsy Management Plan in place (which is kept in an easily accessible location) and, if prescribed by their treating doctor, an Emergency Medication Management Plan. In order to be able to safely and competently support the student with epilepsy while they are having a seizure, including administering any emergency medication, if required, it is vital that anyone with a duty of care be properly trained in how to do so, in accordance with the person’s individual plans.
Ensuring your school has plans in place for any student with epilepsy is an important aspect of providing a safe environment for the student, followed by ensuring you have undertaken the necessary training to that student’s plan. Plans are usually developed by the parent in conjunction with the treating doctor, but may also be done with the assistance of, for example, a school nurse.
11. Does the course earn me CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points?
Some of our programs allow participants to gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) endorsed by a relevant industry association. Check the course catalogue at epilepsysmartlearning.org.au
12. How do I access the training and where do I start?
You can start your epilepsy eLearning journey at epilepsysmartlearning.org.au
13. Do I have to renew my training regularly and if so, how often do I have to do it?
All epilepsy education and training should be renewed every one to two years to ensure you are up-to-date with all the latest practices and developments in the care and support of people living with epilepsy, and any new regulations regarding the administration of emergency medication. Contact your local epilepsy organisation for renewal requirements in your state.