Our History

The Epilepsy Association of South Australia (EASA) was formed in May 1976, by a group of concerned parents, medical practitioners and interested parties who felt the needs of the person with epilepsy and their families were not being fulfilled. The goals of the organisation were to:

  • Advise and help people with epilepsy
  • Enlighten the public about the disorder with a view of overcoming ignorance and prejudice which cause unnecessary hardship to people with epilepsy
  • Encourage medical research and professional training
  • Provide information and referral services, professional persons, social or recreational group meetings, with the ultimate goal of total acceptance of the person with epilepsy in the community

The organisation is now well and truly established as a reputable charity organisation and continues to provide a wide range of effective and efficient services and support for those in the community affected by the disorder. With approximately 2/3 in every 100 are affected by epilepsy, epilepsy affects more people in our community than cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy and blindness combined. For this reason community education, public awareness and the understanding of epilepsy has been a high priority of the organisation for many years now.

 

From humble beginnings and the tireless effort of action groups led by parents with children living with epilepsy to a vibrant and highly organised corporate entity, the organisation now spans across all of South Australia, Northern Territory and areas bordering the South Australian State.