Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—March marks Epilepsy Awareness Month, a campaign started in 2008 by Epilepsy Australia. Their advocacy to Make March Purple is critical in helping to spread awareness and knowledge of the condition. Epilepsy is a neurological condition typified by recurrent seizures and occurs when the normal pattern of electrical impulses in the brain is disrupted. It is a disease that affects a quarter-of-a-million people in this country, and the second-most common neurological disease in Australia. Epilepsy can affect anyone – regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. I offer my personal gratitude to the many groups across New South Wales fund-raising for the epilepsy charities across the state. As the Shadow Minister for Medical Research, I welcome new advancements in the understanding of this disease, as they ensure better outcomes for patients suffering this condition. I thank the cornucopia of researchers across New South Wales who are dedicated to this issue, including the team at the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

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