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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

‘Carbohydrate Monotony’ Diet May Ease IBD

Posted: February 14 2019

Less-developed countries that are adopting a Western-type lifestyle are showing an increase in IBD cases, albeit with a lower incidence. This illustrates the importance of understanding the environmental factors behind IBD. Researchers believe IBD is influenced by genetics, defective immunological responses of the host, problems in the gut’s natural barrier and in its microbiome (the […]

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More than 100 new gut bacteria discovered in human microbiome

Posted: February 14 2019

The new resource will enable researchers to identify the bacteria residing in the intestine more accurately and more quickly than has ever been possible before and pave the way for new approaches to treating disorders, infections and immune conditions of the gut. The gut microbiome plays a major role in human health; imbalances in the […]

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The Wonders of Poop

Posted: February 14 2019

Before we get started, it’s worth refreshing our understanding of precisely what poop is. Feces are the remains of food that bacteria have fermented in the gut and that the small intestine could not digest or absorb. Poop is mostly water; and, as we all know from experience, the amount of water in each stool […]

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Diet and Clear-Mindedness Affects Psychosocial Needs in IBD Patients

Posted: February 14 2019

Among 10 different psychosocial needs, diet and a lack of clear-mindedness were the ones most patients with inflammatory bowel disease felt were affected by their disease, a study reports. The study, “An Exploratory Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Psychosocial Factors Affecting Health-Related Quality of Life,” was published in Medical Sciences. Although previous studies have shown that […]

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Personal Story

Soul Food: The Ayurvedic Diet and How It Helped Me Manage IBD

Posted: January 31 2019

When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and was prescribed medication to treat it. Even with medication, I dealt with flares that caused severe bleeding, debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, and muscle cramps, among other symptoms. For three years my mother and I visited one specialist after another on the East Coast searching for answers. When a doctor […]

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Could pomegranate treat IBD?

Posted: January 31 2019

Pomegranate could fight the agonising symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), scientists believe. The researchers, at the University of Louisville in Kentucky said their discovery highlights the importance of gut health to protect from IBD. The researchers discovered a metabolite called urolithin A (UroA) is produced as a result of polyphenols in fruits and gut […]

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