What do we mean by epilepsy supports?

Epilepsy supports are what we call disability-related health supports. We can only fund these supports if they directly relate to your disability and help you undertake activities involved in day-to-day life.  

Learn more about what we mean by disability-related health supports.

Epilepsy supports help you monitor or manage your epilepsy if you can’t do this on your own because of the functional impact of your disability. This means, because of your disability you are unable to, or it’s hard for you to manage your epilepsy yourself.

If you have epilepsy you should talk to your doctor first. They can link you to health services that are paid for through Medicare. You can continue to access health services from Medicare, even when you’re an NDIS participant.

Learn more about the help you can get through the health system or other services.

As an NDIS participant, we may fund supports to help you manage your epilepsy. Like all supports we fund, epilepsy supports must meet the NDIS funding criteria.

Epilepsy is a medical condition that affects the brain and causes seizures. It’s diagnosed by a medical specialist. The number and type of seizures caused by epilepsy varies greatly between people.

Epilepsy affects people differently. Your epilepsy may not have a big impact on your life. You may be able to manage your epilepsy with medication and services provided through the health system. Or your epilepsy may have a big impact on your life. It may affect your education, employment, lifestyle, health, social and family life.

We may fund support to help you manage your epilepsy if your disability means you can’t do this on your own. The support might be:

  • assistive technology, for example alarms or seizure monitors
  • a support worker or nurse to monitor your seizures.

Epilepsy supports are one of the disability-related health supports we may fund.

Learn more about other Disability-related health supports.

This page current as of
20 June 2022
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