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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

Research

The gut microbiota and inflammation: An overview

The understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the human gut bacteria and the overall functioning of the body has significantly deepened and broadened, with acceleration in research output concerning this area.

Abstract The gut microbiota encompasses a diverse community of bacteria that carry out various functions influencing the overall health of the host. These comprise nutrient metabolism, immune system regulation and natural defence against infection. The presence of certain bacteria is associated with inflammatory molecules that may bring about inflammation in various body tissues. Inflammation underlies […]

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Personal Story

How Crohn’s disease helped me become stronger

Posted: March 29 2021

By Raechelle Bright. I was about to start my senior year of high school. I was feeling sick for a long time and kept it under wraps because I thought it would go away. I started losing weight (and at an extreme rate). Bathroom trips were more frequent, and I often saw blood. I didn’t […]

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Blog

Why everyone with IBD should be offered therapy

Posted: March 29 2021

By Jenna Farmer. When I think back to the day I received a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, there are a few memories that stick out in my mind. The doctor handing me medication without really explaining what it was. Googling Crohn’s disease in my sedated, half-awake state, because I really knew nothing about the disease. Mostly, […]

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News

Podcast: My amazing body – The bowel

Posted: March 24 2021

My Amazing Body is a podcast that explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body, featuring interviews with medical experts and stories from real Queenslanders. Each episode runs for about 20 minutes, and you can listen in any order you want. General and colorectal surgeon Dr Ming Ho explains how the bowel works, and […]

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News

For good health, trust your gut

Posted: March 23 2021

By Michael Miller University of Cincinnati assistant professor Ashley Ross says your body is full of neurons that regulate digestion, inflammation and a host of other biological processes. In her chemistry lab in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, she is studying the role they play in the immune system. “I’m fascinated by the concept that […]

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News

Could a yeast found in cheese be key to easing Crohn’s disease?

Posted: March 22 2021

Areas of unhealed wounds in the intestines of Crohn’s patients have elevated levels of a type of yeast widely found in cheese and processed meat, the new study found. The researchers discovered that levels of the yeast Debaryomyces hansenii are higher in Crohn’s disease patients than in people without the disease. In Crohn’s patients, levels of the […]

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