Government should not turn its back on Epilepsy ACT

The ACT government should not turn its back on people living with epilepsy, Shadow Minister for Disability Elizabeth Lee said.
For 36 years, Epilepsy ACT has provided invaluable support to Canberrans living with epilepsy, their families and the community.
More than 8,000 people are affected by epilepsy in Canberra and Epilepsy ACT has on average a new client referred to it each week.
With around $95,000 a year in government funding, Epilepsy ACT could employ a specialist practitioner, continue its case management work and continue to support families, particularly in the early diagnosis stage.
Not only will the ACT government revoke funding, but it will continue to charge $12,000 per year in rent.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Disability Elizabeth Lee:
“There are thousands of people in the community who need and rely on these specialised services.
“The government should not take these services away from them.
“I am particularly concerned about how this will impact people with a recent diagnosis who have no previous family history or awareness of the condition.
“They need all the help and support they can get.
“It makes no sense why the government would turn its back on people with epilepsy and their families.
“Not only is this government washing its hands clean of any responsibility, but we learnt in estimates hearing this morning that the government is keeping Epilepsy ACT in the dark.
“Without urgent action from the government, Epilepsy ACT has confirmed it will be forced to shut its doors in December.”