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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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IBD Helpline

Individual help, information and guidance on Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, provided by our helpline coordinator. Call 1800 138 029 and press option 1 to access this service during business hours, Monday to Friday AEST.

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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 Support Groups 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.

Find a support group in your area

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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

Click here to find out more.

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The latest news and Research

Blog

Top 5 wellbeing tips with Flic

Posted: September 16 2020

Tip 1 Having IBD means that wellbeing needs to be your first priority. You not only deserve great wellbeing anyway because you are a human (not just a set of symptoms), but your body will not tolerate anything less. Tip 2 Breathing techniques can be game changers when used proactively and reactively for IBD. Something […]

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Research

The psychosocial burden of inflammatory bowel disease in adolescents and young adults

This study examined the psychosocial burden of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young people aged 15‐25 years attending a tertiary specialist health centre for adolescents and young adults in Brisbane.

Methods Young people with IBD provided demographic information and psychosocial data via a cross‐sectional self‐report survey. Psychosocial data included the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K‐10), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS‐10), Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Brief IPQ), World Health Organisation Wellbeing Index (WHO‐5), Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), Short Quality of Life Questionnaire for IBD (SIBDQ), […]

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Research

Immune cells sculpt circuits in the brain

Brain immune cells, called microglia, protect the brain from infection and inflammation. It turns out that they also sculpt circuits in the developing brain in response to sensory cues.

Immune cells play an unexpected role in fine-tuning the brain’s neural circuits, according to research published in September, 2020 in Neuron. The immune cells that reside there, known as microglia, not only protect the brain from infection and inflammation, they also help physically sculpt circuits in the developing brain. The new work demonstrates that microglia also […]

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The best strength training workout is surprisingly easy

Posted: September 14 2020

As a fitness columnist, I get lots of questions about the best way to work out. Many of these queries are about strength training: How many workouts per week are necessary? Do I need to lift weights, or are body weight exercises like pushups and lunges enough? Is it better to do a few repetitions […]

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News

Lack of treatment compromising NZ patients

Posted: September 10 2020

Senior Clinical Nurse specialists caring for some of New Zealand’s sickest bowel disease patients say the Government has turned its back on their patients by refusing to fund routine, mainstream treatments that have been in use around the world for the past several years. They say that in denying treatment for these severely ill patients […]

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News

CCA IBD PhD Scholarship

Posted: September 10 2020

This scholarship makes a provision of $25,000 per annum for up to (3) years full-time supporting CCA’s strategic priority of building inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research capacity in Australia whilst we search for a cause or cure for IBD. The award is designed for candidates at an early stage in their careers, for example (but […]

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