Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott has said the social stigma surrounding epilepsy needs to be broken.
Speaking in the Parliament on 26 March, celebrated as Purple Day, Mr Elliott said many successful people have led their lives whilst afflicted by epilepsy.
“It is important that we break the social stigma about epilepsy, as many people with epilepsy live long, happy, successful lives,” Mr Elliott said.
“Hugo Weaving, Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet, Budd Abbott of Abbott and Costello, Vladimir Lenin, Tony Greig, Susan Boyle and Julius Caesar all suffered from epilepsy.”
Mr Elliott said that Purple Day was the perfect initiative to ensure the discussion around epilepsy moved into the mainstream of society.
“Purple Day is about getting people to talk about epilepsy and providing solidarity for those who suffer seizures,” Mr Elliott said
“I think Purple Day is an illustration of the remarkable achievement of those with epilepsy as it was started by a nine-year-old girl, Cassidy Megan from Nova Scotia, who was afflicted with epilepsy.”
For more information on epilepsy, visit www.epilepsy.org.au or call 1300 374 537.