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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

‘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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