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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

Does Keto Affect Your Gut Health?

Posted: July 14 2019

By depriving your body of carbs — your primary energy source — you’re forced to start burning fat instead. The keto diet has been shown to benefit cholesterol levels, blood sugar control, weight loss, and brain health (1Trusted Source). Still, you might wonder whether this diet can affect other aspects of your health, including digestion […]

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Crohn’s Disease Remission with a Plant-Based Diet: A Case Report

Posted: July 8 2019

In November 2014, a 25-year-old-male presented to the Department of Gastroenterology at a secondary care facility after having experienced several months of weight loss, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms. He had a past medical history of peri-anal abscess and was on no prescribed or over-the-counter medications. He was a non-smoker. Ileo-colonoscopy demonstrated moderately inflamed mucosa with […]

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Crippling anxiety, Crohn’s disease and utter despair (audio)

Posted: June 28 2019

Breaking Badly; How I Worried Myself Sick is her story. She has a candid chat with Patricia in the Drawing Room. Listen to interview at https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drawingroom/georgie-dent/11229030

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New study helps develop treatments targeting inflammation without affecting gut function

Posted: June 28 2019

A new Crick-led study in Immunity has characterized these distinct populations, which could help scientists to develop treatments targeting inflammation while preserving healthy gut function. These two populations are akin to worker and soldier ants, playing different roles depending on their context. The ‘worker ant’ population of immune cells is found naturally in the gut and helps […]

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Research

Mass cytometry distinguishes between Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis

Identification of better markers using less invasive methods would enable earlier diagnosis as well as improved monitoring and treatment of both diseases.

CD and UC can be distinguished clinically by disease location (UC is restricted to the colon, while CD can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract) and disease phenotype (stricturing or penetrating can indicate CD), using endoscopy and imaging5. However, gathering this information can be invasive and costly, and still up to 20% of IBD […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease and type I diabetes increase chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis

Posted: June 18 2019

RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints, causing pain and disability. It can also affect internal organs. RA is more common in older people, but there is also a high prevalence in young adults, adolescents and even children, and it affects women more frequently than men. IBD is an umbrella term used […]

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