What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in the world. It is characterised by uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, causing seizures. Epilepsy is more common than you think, and can affect anyone at any stage of life.

The Numbers

Every 33 minutes someone’s life is turned upside by an epilepsy diagnosis - that’s 305 Australians diagnosed with epilepsy every week.

Up to 70% of people living with epilepsy could live seizure-free if properly diagnosed and treated, yet people with epilepsy continue to face a risk of premature death up to three times higher than the general population.

One in 10 people will experience a seizure in their lifetime, and more than a million Australians will be diagnosed with epilepsy.

One in every 200 children will have their life turned upside down by epilepsy, profoundly affecting their learning, social connection and send of self.

Help us build an Australia where people with epilepsy feel safe, supported and included.


Join the campaign for an Australia that understands epilepsy and a community that supports and empowers.

Our Organisations

Epilepsy ACTThe Epilepsy CentreEpilepsy FoundationEpilepsy QueenslandEpilepsy TasmaniaEpilepsy WA