The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission releases Practice Alerts for Providers to help support people with disability as emerging issues are identified.
- Epilepsy is a condition affecting the brain that is more common among people with disability. It causes several types of seizures depending on what part of the brain is affected.
- People with intellectual disability and epilepsy are at increased risk of severe and uncontrolled seizures compared to other people with epilepsy.
- Providers should ensure participants have an epilepsy management plan that has been developed in consultation with specialist doctors and revised at least every 12 months.
- As an NDIS provider, you have obligations under the NDIS Code of Conduct, the NDIS Practice Standards, as well as your conditions of registration, that relate to the delivery of safe, quality supports and services, and the management of risks associated with the supports you provide to NDIS participants. Responsibilities of providers and carers:
- An epilepsy management plan should be developed for each participant with epilepsy in consultation with a medical practitioner.
- Staff should have completed medication-specific training to be able to administer emergency medications such as midazolam.
- Providers and carers should identify and minimise exposure to seizure risk factors.
- Staff should be knowledgeable in seizure types, seizure triggers and symptoms, impact of epilepsy on the person, and seizure management procedures.
- Staff should monitor and record seizures.
- Providers should have protocols that guide decision-making when administering PRN medication and when an ambulance is required.
The above information is taken as an extract from the alert.
Akadia Community Care is able to assist you meet your obligations through the development, delivery and monitoring of epilepsy management plans and staff training in types of seizures, impact of epilepsy, triggers and symptoms, management of seizures, PRN medication and emergency responses.