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Brainwave - The Irish Epilepsy Association brainwave
 

Description

Brainwave, The Irish Epilepsy Association, is the national voluntary organisation for people with epilepsy in Ireland and works closely with all members of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland.

Since its foundation in 1967, Brainwave has been committed to working for everyone with epilepsy in Ireland; their families and carers, and to meeting their needs.

Brainwave provides an extensive range of support services from their headquarters in Dublin and from regional offices in every Health Board area. Cork, Dundalk, Galway, Letterkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Tullamore, Kilkenny and Listowel. These services include information, advice, support groups, training and advocacy. The organisation is also actively involved in research, lobbying and campaign work. Particular areas of interest are the improvement and development of specialist services such as satellite clinics, epilepsy specialist centres and epilepsy specialist nurses for people with epilepsy.

Aims and Objectives
Brainwave seeks to improve the health and quality of life of people with epilepsy. The objectives of the organisation are:
  • To provide support, information, counselling and advice to people with epilepsy.
  • To provide information to health professionals in dealing with epilepsy.
  • To improve public understanding of epilepsy (in order to eliminate fear and prejudice) through awareness campaigns and education programmes.
  • To undertake, encourage and assist research into the causes of, cure for and management of epilepsy, and into the psycho-social effects of the condition.
  • To promote legislative and civil rights for people with epilepsy and to campaign to eliminate all discriminatory practices and policies affecting them.
  • To assist in the development of support groups for people with epilepsy and their families.
  • To provide services for young people with epilepsy in the area of training and employment.
  • To provide practical aids to people with epilepsy (safety pillows, identity bracelets).
  • To operate as a public forum and an advocate for the condition of epilepsy.
  • To raise funds to support its work in an awareness-creating manner.

Services
  • Giving support to people with epilepsy through advice and counselling.
  • Providing information and advice to doctors, nurses and other health professionals on epilepsy.
  • Providing information on driving issues for people with epilepsy.
  • Improving the public's understanding of epilepsy.
  • Enabling research into epilepsy.
  • Providing services for young people with epilepsy in the areas of training and employment.
  • Providing practical aids and appliances (such as identity bracelets, safety pillows and seizure diaries) to people with epilepsy.
  • Raising funds to support Brainwave's work in raising the public's awareness of epilepsy.
  • To operate as a public forum and an advocate for the condition of epilepsy.
  • Helping to form epilepsy support groups and social activities groups.
  • We also have a Community Epilepsy Specialist Nurse
  • Providing distance learning volunteer training

Contact
  Brainwave - The Irish Epilepsy Association,
249 Crumlin Road,
Dublin 12.
Tel: 01 - 55 7500
Email: mikeglynn.brainwave@epilepsy.ie
Web: www.epilepsy.ie
 

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