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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

Research

Estrogen receptor mediates anti-inflammatory action in Crohn’s disease

Accumulating evidence highlights the meaningful impact of estrogen receptors in physiology and pathophysiology of the colon.

Crohn’s disease (CD) is one of the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) types characterized by chronic intestine inflammation. Although intestinal microbiota has been identified as the main factor responsible for immune response alternation in the past decade, other factors involved in CD pathogenesis, such as genetic and environmental, have been described. Etiology of CD is still […]

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Why you should include natural sources of fibre in your diet

Posted: May 14 2019

Interest in low-carb diets such as the ketogenic diet or Atkins has grown in recent years. However, like bad fats” and “good fats”, carbohydrates can also be segregated into “bad carbs” and “good carbs” depending on their sugar levels and fiber content. One study found a 15-30 percent reduction in deaths from heart disease, stroke, […]

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Is Buttermilk Good for You? Benefits, Risks, and Substitutes

Posted: May 14 2019

The name buttermilk is somewhat misleading, as it doesn’t really contain butter. Traditional buttermilk is the liquid leftover after whole milk has been churned into butter. This type of buttermilk is rarely found in Western countries today but remains common in parts of Nepal, Pakistan, and India. Buttermilk today consists mostly of water, the milk sugar […]

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Dancer reveals battle with Crohn’s disease

Posted: May 14 2019

Amy Dowden shot to fame when she joined the Strictly Come Dancing professional line-up two years ago. She doesn’t ‘want any sympathy’, emphasising that her condition doesn’t ‘define’ her. Opening up on why she chose to keep her condition from the Strictly crew, she said: ‘When I got my job on Strictly Come Dancing, I didn’t want to […]

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Research

Perseverance toward life goals can fend off depression and anxiety

People who don't give up on their goals and who have a positive outlook appear to have less anxiety and depression

“Perseverance cultivates a sense of purposefulness that can create resilience against or decrease current levels of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder,” said Nur Hani Zainal, MS, from The Pennsylvania State University and lead author of the study. “Looking on the bright side of unfortunate events has the same effect because people […]

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Impressive Health Benefits of Hawthorn Berry

Posted: May 5 2019

Hawthorn berries are tiny fruits that grow on trees and shrubs belonging to the Crataegusgenus. The genus includes hundreds of species, which are commonly found in Europe, North America, and Asia. Their berries are packed with nutrition and have a tart, tangy taste and mild sweetness, ranging in colour from yellow to deep red or black […]

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