Advanced Epilepsy Unit


Thousands of Queenslanders suffer from epilepsy, a neurological condition where alterations in brain activity can result in seizures.  There are various types of epilepsy and while medications are effective for most patients, sometimes they are not successful.  It is possible in some of these cases to treat epilepsy using surgery.

The Mater Centre for Neurosciences is Queensland’s first Advanced Epilepsy Unit, specialising in the treatment of refractory focal epilepsies using state of the art equipment for epilepsy surgery.  We utilise the Stereo-EEG method which is an intracranial monitoring technique that allows us to localise the source of seizures within the brain.  Our intracranial monitoring service is an integral part of our partnership with RBWH to form the Queensland Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, to ensure that all Queenslanders living with epilepsy have access to world-class services for their care.

Our team is made up of epileptologists, neurosurgeons, EEG scientists, epilepsy nurses, neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists and speech pathologists who all work together to provide the highest level of care in the diagnosis and treatment of focal epilepsy.

 

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit


Epilepsy monitoring and inpatient assessment is necessary for the management of focal epilepsy and occurs in the purpose built Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the Mater Centre for Neurosciences.  We utilise the most advanced equipment to analyse seizure symptoms and brain activity during a seizure.

The facilities include specialised private patient monitoring rooms which are located in close proximity to the dedicated monitoring station that is staffed by highly trained scientists and nurses 24 hours daily.  The information gathered from epilepsy monitoring and other tests is precisely analysed by our specialist epileptologists.  Our unit also has a strong research focus and collaborates with researchers who are working to better understand epilepsy and how to improve treatments.

The specialised equipment and techniques employed in the Mater Advanced Epilepsy Unit ensures that patients receive the best treatment for their epilepsy and allows for accurate assessments to determine if they might benefit from epilepsy surgery.

 

Our Services


The decision to progress to epilepsy surgery is an involved process.  At each step, our dedicated staff offer high-level expertise to meet the needs of our patients, which begins in the first consultation. Our services include:

  • Epileptologist consultations
  • Collaborative management with other specialties/services:
    • Neuropsychology
    • Neuropsychiatry
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Speech Pathology
  • VNS Clinic
  • Immunomodulatory Therapy
  • Outpatient EEGs
  • Video-EEG:
    • 24-hour monitoring of seizures in dedicated rooms
    • Ictal SPECT
  • Intracranial services:
    • Stereotactic-EEG
    • Electrocorticography (ECoG)
    • Thermocoagulation
  • Neurosurgery

Our service aims to provide the highest level care for patients living with epilepsy, as well as a strong commitment to long-term follow-up and management.
 

Our Team

  • Dr Lisa Gillinder – Epileptologist, Clinical Lead of the Mater Advanced Epilepsy Unit
  • Dr Jason Papacostas – Neurosurgeon
  • Dr Donald Craig – Epileptologist
  • Isaac Wensley – Lead Neurophysiology Scientist
  • Stephen Coyle – Senior Neurophysiology Scientist
  • Stuart Ferguson – Senior Neurophysiology Scientist
  • Lincoln Browne – Neurophysiology Scientist
  • Anne Ovington – Epilepsy Clinical Nurse
  • Ladeen Hughes – Senior Administration Officer

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