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Connect with CCA

Connect with CCA

CCA exists to make life more livable for you and others who have IBD. Our programs and services are designed to help you manage your symptoms, give you relevant information, offer opportunities for you to connect with others in your community, and make you feel supported and less alone.

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IBD Helpline – 1800 138 029

The IBD Helpline is a free service that offers support, information, advice, and referrals to members and non-members alike. It is staffed by a highly experienced IBD counsellor who provides professional support and advice.

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iConnect

We’re here to help you connect with reliable information and resources to answer any IBD questions. Our registered IBD nurses and highly-trained support crew are available for a confidential online chat should you, a family member or friend, need support.

Visit iconnect.crohnsandcolitis.com.au to connect with our support crew.

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IBD Forums

Our IBD information forums provide much-needed specialised information for people with IBD, as well as their families and carers. Particularly useful for those recently faced with an IBD diagnosis, the forums offer participants latest information, resources, support, and connections with the local community.

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IBD Support Groups

Our support group meetings provide a safe and supportive environment where those affected by IBD—including parents and families—can express themselves openly, and receive support and understanding from others in similar situations.

Visit our Support page to start finding a group nearest you.

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Youth Camps

Many adolescents with IBD feel isolated from their peers and are at risk of depression and anxiety. Our youth camps bring together teenagers living with IBD for three days of fun, adventure, and activities. We give them a chance to be with peers who share similar experiences. While some are reluctant at the start, by the end of the three days, nearly all of them leave with new friends and a renewed sense of self.

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Awareness

Increasing community awareness about IBD and about our work at a local and national level is vital to achieving our mission.

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IBD in the media

A key strategy for raising awareness has been through sharing positive news stories in newspapers, on television, on radio, and on the Internet. In recent years, we have been attracting growing media coverage. As more and more Australians become increasingly aware of IBD, the barriers to open communication will diminish, and it will become easier to talk about the condition without embarrassment or fear of stigma.

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Can’t Wait Program

If you’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, as a CCA member you are entitled to CCA’s Can’t Wait Card. This valuable card offers you access to toilet facilities of participating businesses. Equally important, it educates businesses about IBD and its effects on those who have it, and gives them an opportunity to help.

A complete list of all of our Can’t Wait Program affiliates is available online at www.cantwait.net.au.

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IBD Quality of Care Program

As part of our mission of improving the lives of those with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, in 2013 we commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC) to update existing IBD national health economic and prevalence data. This report, Improving Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care Across Australia, identified significant geographical variations in access to quality care, and found that the current model of care was inequitable. It recommended that CCA seek funding to assess existing services in hospitals across Australia. In 2014, we obtained federal government funding as well as the endorsement of the peak learned bodies representing key health stakeholders to develop National Standards of Care, and to perform a national IBD Audit. The aim of this two-year project was to improve IBD care for patients in Australia by:

  • Examining the provision and organisation of IBD care throughout Australia; and
  • Providing an evidence-based case for increased IBD resources that is consistent with national needs, is supported by the key stakeholder groups, and aligns with government policy objectives. The final report was published in 2016.

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Fundraising

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of donors, members, and businesses. We hold a variety of Crohn’s disease fundraising events every year, focused on raising awareness and improving the lives of those living with this invisible disease.

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Donations

We accept donations year-round, and we use the funds to deliver services to the community. Charitable donations can be made online through our website. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

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Changing Lives Challenge

Run, swim, or ride for CCA! Join CCA’s Changing Lives Challenge and get fit while doing it. The funds raised go towards our youth camps, information forums, support groups, online services, and Can’t Wait Program.

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Workplace Giving

Workplace giving is a simple and effective way for employees to donate regularly to CCA. It is voluntary and simply involves employees nominating CCA as their charity and specifying a monthly amount to be donated through their payroll system. This can be just a couple of dollars to several hundreds per month.

CCA is a registered charity with the Charities Aid Foundation’s Workplace Giving program.

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Regular giving

Regular giving is an easy way to support us on an ongoing basis. Each month, your nominated amount is automatically debited from your credit card.

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In memoriam

While the loss of a loved one is a sad occasion, it is also an opportunity to give hope to thousands of Australians who are living with chronic conditions, including IBD. Families can request that donations be made to CCA in lieu of flowers.

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Bequests

Leaving a gift in your will to Crohn’s & Colitis Australia will help us make a positive difference to people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, their family, friends and carers. For more information on fundraising, please visit our website, e-mail us at info@crohnsandcolitis.com.au or phone us at 1800 138 029.

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The latest news and Research

News

IBD is misunderstood

Posted: January 16 2020

Although a 2017 review forecasted that there will be about 2.2 million Americans and about 0.5% of Western Europeans living with IBD in 2025, other reports suggested that the disease is not universally understood. “There are a lot of misunderstandings about IBD,” Paul Feuerstadt MD, FACG, AGAF said. For example, a survey of 409 general practitioners in […]

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Diet as therapy for IBD remains hindered by knowledge gaps

Posted: January 16 2020

As patients with Crohn’s disease seek guidance on how to handle their condition, there remains a knowledge gap regarding what, if any, specific dietary recommendations could become a mainstay therapy, according to a presentation at Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2019. “We don’t have enough definitive research to say that one diet is the right answer for […]

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Research

Infants born to mothers with IBD present with altered gut microbiome

Prenatal and early life bacterial colonisation is thought to play a major role in shaping the immune system.

IBDs, comprising Crohn’s disease (CD) and UC, result from aberrant mucosal immune responses to bacteria in genetically susceptible individuals.1 2 While family history is the strongest risk factor for developing IBD, the genetic loci associated with risk do not fully explain disease heritability.1 IBD affects women during their reproductive years and 25% become pregnant after diagnosis. […]

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Research

Tailoring treatment withdrawal in inflammatory bowel disease

Patients may not relapse over mid-term and those who have relapsed may have benefited from a drug-free period before being treated again.

There is currently no cure for inflammatory bowel disease. Most recent treatments and treatment strategies allow for healing intestinal lesions and maintaining steroid-free remission in a subset of patients. These patients and their doctors often ask themselves whether the treatment could be withdrawn. Several studies in both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have demonstrated a […]

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Personal Story

I tried 22 different medications before an electrical implant healed my Crohn’s disease

Posted: January 15 2020

When I was in the eighth grade, my life changed forever. I was tap dancing during a play rehearsal and twisted my ankle. It sounds pretty innocuous, right? But what followed was a big shock. At first, the swelling in my ankle seemed normal. After a few weeks my ankle was just as swollen as […]

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What to know about Crohn’s and the eyes

Posted: January 9 2020

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include cramps, diarrhea, and bloody stool. However, Crohn’s disease can also cause symptoms outside the digestive tract. These include skin complications, problems with joints, and eye disorders. About 10% of people with Crohn’s disease have eye-related symptoms or conditions. Due to the sensitivity of the tissues in the eye, symptoms may occur in this […]

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