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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

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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