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CCA’s primary objective is to provide support services, advice and encouragement for people living with inflammatory bowel disease. Click on the links below to find out more about our various support services.

 

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Support Groups

Crohn’s and Colitis support group meetings provide a safe environment where individuals impacted by IBD can express themselves openly and receive support and understanding from others with similar experiences. All members, including the facilitator are impacted by Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis (IBD) in some way.

Upcoming support group meetings are listed on our What’s On page.

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For more information, or to register your interest in attending a support group, or starting a group in your area, please phone 1800 138 029 or email.

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IBD Information Forums

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia’s IBD information forums provide much needed specialised information for people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, their families and carers. Particularly useful for those recently diagnosed, the forums offer participants education and support and strategies to identify and establish links with the existing local community support structures

Upcoming Forums

Resources from Past Forums

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FOR PARENTS, KIDS AND TEENS

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For Parents

Being diagnosed with IBD is challenging for anyone – but having a young child diagnosed is distressing and daunting for the whole family. There are usually hundreds of questions:

  • Why did my child get this?
  • Is it something we did (or didn’t) do?
  • How is IBD treated?
  • What are our options?
  • Will she have a normal life?
  • What does the future hold for him?
  • Will my other children also get this disease?
  • What is IBD anyway?

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For Teens

Similarly, being a teenager is hard enough without having to deal with the challenges of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Both the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and the side-effects of many of the treatments, seem designed to cause maximum embarrassment and disruption to every aspect of your life.

Weight loss, fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, surgical scarring, extended hospital stays, delayed puberty and/or corticosteroid puffiness; it’s no wonder that many young people with IBD feel isolated, frustrated, stressed, anxious or depressed.

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You and your Family are not Alone

Meeting others who are going through similar challenges, learning more about the illness and taking a proactive interest in treatment can make a big difference in your life. CCA has a range of resources and services that can help you including:

Browse our website, read about other people’s experiences and call our office (1800 138 029) to have information sent directly to you.

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GP Audit and Education Module

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The latest news and Research

News

What are the health benefits of raw honey?

Posted: April 21 2019

Honey provides a range of health benefits. Raw honey, which comes straight from the beehive, contains healthful bee pollen, bee propolis, and plenty of antioxidants. Research has not confirmed that raw honey has more health benefits than regular honey, but some people believe that the processing and pasteurization that regular honey undergoes diminishes many of the […]

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Personal Story

Guilty feelings when using the disabled toilets

Posted: April 21 2019

The 63-year-old was first diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in 2014, and underwent an ileostomy as part of his treatment. In the podcast In Conversation With George Alagiah: A Bowel Cancer UK Podcast, he said: ‘I used to find difficult – I had a stoma but I didn’t look disabled, and I would be turning the key […]

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Why eating ‘right’ could cause you to stray from your diet

Posted: April 21 2019

New findings published on the 17th April in the International Journal of Epidemiologysuggest that even the recommended amounts of red and processed meat may be harmful to health. This single large prospective study of half a million people in the UK showed that red and processed meats are carcinogenic to the human colon. Researchers found that consuming […]

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Fungus is the next ‘superbug’ to threaten human health

Posted: April 21 2019

When they hear “fungus”, most people think of mushrooms. Or in terms of health: maybe thrush. Benign organisms, living on the peripheries. And this is fairly accurate — fungi spend their lives quietly decomposing the planet’s organic waste, freeing nutrients into the environment to be utilised by others. They are also increasingly recognised as an […]

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Personal Story

Dancer wrongly diagnosed with anorexia when her weight plummeted

Posted: April 13 2019

A professional model and dancer has today told how it took doctors seven years to diagnose her with Crohn’s disease. Natalie-Amber Freegard, of Swindon, began suffering symptoms of the agonising digestive condition when she was 17. Doctors repeatedly dismissed her stomach pains and extreme weight loss, which saw her plummet to just five stone, as anorexia. […]

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Benefits of Cherimoya (Custard Apple)

Posted: April 13 2019

Cherimoya (Annona cherimola) is a green, cone-shaped fruit with scaly skin and creamy, sweet flesh. Thought to have originated in the Andes mountains of South America, it’s grown in tropical areas with high altitudes (1, 2). Due to its creamy texture, cherimoya is also known as custard apple. It’s often eaten with a spoon and served […]

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