| Failure | The Black Mark on Canadian Health Care
Living with epilepsy: “The ugly truth of the matter is that the adult epilepsy program in BC is a black spot on the Canadian health care system. Our first episode will show how and why this is the case.” said Kim Davidson, CEO & Executive Director of the BC Epilepsy Society.
The epilepsy population in British Columbia is an underserved population. Particularly for adults living with epilepsy in the province. Within British Columbia’s adult epilepsy system, there are many inequities associated with the care and support provided to adults. Especially when compared with the rest of Canada in terms of funding, treatment options, and wait lists, among many others.
BC Epilepsy Society – Who are we?
We have a passionate team of staff and volunteers who work hard everyday to fund raise. Provide provincial programs and services, and support our core functions. There is a have a dedicated team of professional Board members who have expertise in a wide variety of fields and industry. Including finance, law, marketing, health, education and business.
Additionally, we have a volunteer Professional Advisory Board, made up of clinicians, scientists and technologists. Involved in the diagnosis, treatment and research of epilepsy in BC to help author and produce resources and deliver presentations in person.
All of these individuals proudly strive to make a real and positive difference to those with epilepsy and the people who care for them.
Each year, our Society hosts Speaking of Epilepsy. A series of lectures on a wide variety of epilepsy related topics. This allows you to get up-to-date and accurate information from experts in the field of epilepsy.
The Cognition and Epilepsy Webinar was presented by Dr. Jing Ee Tan, a Registered Psychologist with expertise in neuropsychology (approx. 1 hour)
The Ketogenic Diet & Epilepsy Webinar was presented by Dr. Linda Huh, MD, FRCPC, a pediatric neurologist and Director of the Ketogenic Diet Program at BC Children’s Hospital and Lawren Fischer, RD, the Dietician at the Ketogenic Diet Program at BC Children’s Hospital. (approx. 1 hour)
Genetics and Epilepsy
Dr. Michelle Demos, a neurologist specializing in genetics, presents information on genetics as it relates to epilepsy. (approx. 1 hour) Click here to view the presentation slides.
About BC Epilepsy Society
Since 1959, the BC Epilepsy Society has been committed to improving the quality of life for the tens of thousands of British Columbians living with epilepsy. We try to achieve this through.
- The provision of resources such as our lending library, brochures, newsletters, and medical information sheets
- Hosting educational workshops and lectures, and our Partners in Teaching program that takes seizure first aid and epilepsy awareness into our school system
- Direct services such as our support groups and the financial subsidy offered to families to send their kids to the accessible Easter Seals camps
- Funding the best available epilepsy researchers in British Columbia.
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