Other Neurological Conditions

Signs and Symptoms

Neurological conditions affect the central nervous system. They may occur due to injury, infection or illness to the brain, spinal cord, nerves, neuro-muscular junctions or muscles. The effects may be acute, chronic, remissive or degenerative. There are over 600 recognised conditions, some common examples include;

Cerebrovascular Diseases - occur when the cerebral blood vessels are affected by loss of blood flow or bleeding, causing damage. Examples include strokes, migranes or aneurysms.

Dementia - is a degenerative condition that results in loss of cognitive ability and memory. Alzheimer’s is most the common form of this condition.

For additional resources and support, visit Dementia Australia

Parkinson's - results from damage to the nervous system and the cells that produce dopamine. This causes loss of muscular control, resulting in tremors, stiffness, slow movement and balance issues.

For additional resources and support, visit Parkinson's Australia

Neuroinfections - affect the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves, resulting in impaired mobilty and cognition.

Epilepsy - causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures due to a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain.

For additional resources and support, visit Epilepsy Australia

Affect on Daily Life at Work

» Each person’s sysmptoms  will be unique and dependant on the location and severity of the damage

» Difficulty concentrating and with recalling memory
» Difficulty with speech, mobilty and coordination
» Muscular spasms or pain causing frustration, fatigue and affecting ability to perform regular tasks
» Symptoms may affect mental health and mood, consequently impacting relationships in the workplace

Workplace Support

» Maintain supportive, open communication so you understand their condition and the symptoms they experience

» Conduct a workplace assessment to determine
if they need assistive technology or modifications

» Offer flexible working conditions and additional breaks to accomodate for fluctuations in the condition.

» Ensure you understand the side-effects of any medication
» Be aware of emergency contact details and when they should be used.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians

Australian Bureau of Statistics