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Support Groups
CCA Support Groups are mutual aid groups, which means that all of the members, including the facilitator are impacted by Crohn's or ulcerative colitis (IBD) in some way. Support Group meetings provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals impacted by IBD can express themselves openly and receive support and understanding from others with similar experiences.

Studies conducted regarding Chronic Illness Support Groups indicate that compared to non-participants, there are significant benefits such as: a more positive outlook on life; greater satisfaction with their medical care; increased self-esteem and; reduced feelings of shame and isolation.

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.
Support Groups

  • Individuals who share common experiences/issues
  • Members share support/issues
  • Primary focus is emotional / practical support
  • Information exchange
  • Counselling/Therapy
  • Advocacy
  • Medical Advice
  • Education Ses

Privacy statement

Download a copy of CCA's Privacy Policy for Support Group attendees

Individuals attending Support Group meetings are not required to provide any; personal information or can choose to be identified using a pseudonym if they choose to do so. Personal Information collected by Support Group Facilitators is done so for the purposes of advising participants of future meetings, or meeting changes, therefore individuals who choose not to provide details will be unable to receive such notifications.


NEW SOUTH WALES

CANTERBURY
Time:               7-9PM
Day:                Third Tuesday of the month
Venue:            Belfield RSL Club, 2 Persic Street, Belfield
                        Please check with RSL Reception on arrival for the Meeting Room location as this may vary each meeting.
2014 dates:   20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, Dec TBA

CENTRAL COAST - ERINA
Time:               7pm - 9pm
Day:                Last Tuesday of every second month
Venue:           Erina Meeting Space beside Erina Library, Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Karalta Road, Erina.
2014 dates:    27 May, 29 Jul, 30 Sep, 25 Nov

CHATSWOOD
Time:               6.30-8.30pm
Day:                First Tuesday of every second month
Venue:            Club Willoughby (Willoughby Legion Ex-Services Club), 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby, 2068
2014 dates:     3 Jun, 5 Aug, 7 Oct, 2 Dec

NEWCASTLE
Time:               7-9PM
Day:                Last Tuesdfay of every second month
Venue:           “The Place”, Charlestown Square, Frederick Street, Charlestown, NSW 2289
2014 dates:    27 May, 29 Jul, 30 Sep, 25 Nov

PENRITH
Time:               6.30pm
Day:                First Wednesday of every second month
Venue:            Surveyors Creek Community Centre,Bally Bunnioin Terrace,Glenmore Park, Penrith
2014 dates:     4 Jun, 6 Aug, 1 Oct, 3 Dec

PORT MACQUARIE
Time:               1Oam-noon
Day:                First Saturday of the month
Venue:           Port Macquarie Seniors Facility, Munster St, Port Macquarie
2014 dates:     3 May, (no meeting in June), 5 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 6 Dec

SUTHERLAND SHIRE
Time:               6.30-8.30pm
Day:                First Monday of the month
Venue:           Gymea Anglican Church, 131 Gymea Bay Road, Gymea NSW 2227
2014 dates:    5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 6 Oct, 3 Nov


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QUEENSLAND 
   

BRISBANE SOUTH
Time:              7pm
Day:               Last Tuesday of every second month
Venue:           The Coffee Club, Mt Gravatt, Shop1, 1428 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt  4122
2014 dates:   
29 Apr, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 26 Aug, 28 Oct

CAIRNS
Time:               6pm-7.30pm
Day:                First Thursday of every month
Venue:           Tropical Gardens Motel, 314 Mulgrave Road, Cairns QLD 4870 - Conference Centre room
2014 dates:    1 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug, 4 Sep, 2 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec

GOLD COAST
Time:              7pm-8.30pm
Day:                Third Tuesday of every month
Venue:           Labrador AFL sports Club, upstairs function room.  Cooke-Murphy Reserve,
                        28 Ashton Street, Labrador Gold Coast, 4215

2014 dates:    20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, Dec TBA

MACKAY 
Time:                7pm
Day:                Second Wednesday of every month
Venue:           Mackay Women's Centre, 418 Shakespeare Street, Mackay Qld 4740
                        (All wecome: group is for both genders)

2014 dates:    14 May, 11Jun, 9 Jul, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov, 10 Dec

TOWNSVILLE
Time:      
  
      5.30pm
Day:                Last Thursday of every month
Venue:           Mater Hospital, Board Room, Level 1, Clinical School, Fullham Road, Pimlico, QLD 4812.
2014 dates:   24 Apr, 29 May, 26 Jun



Call 1800 138 029 or email us for info and bookings. Please provide contact details in case of cancellation.


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VICTORIA

BASS COAST
Time:               10.30am
Day:                Last Saturday of the month
Venue:            The Large Meeting Room at the new Bass Coast Principal Library,
                        opposite Woolworths supermarket in Murray Street, Wonthaggi
2014 dates:    3 May (due to public holiday),  31 May, 28 Jun, 26 Jul, 30 Aug, 27 Sep, 25 Oct, 29 Nov

BEACONSFIELD
Time:               7pm
Day:                Last Tuesday of the month
Venue:            Beaconsfield Community Centre, 8 O’Neill Road, Beaconsfield, VIC 3807
2014 dates:     27 May, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 25 Aug, 30 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov
 
GISBORNE
Time:               7.30-9.30pm
Day:                First Tuesday of the month
Venue:            Old Shire office, 8 Hamilton Street, Gisborne, VIC 3437
2014 dates:    6 May, 3 Jun, 1 Jul, 5 Aug, 2 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec
 
LILYDALE
Time:               8pm
Day:                First Monday of the month
Venue:            Lilydale Lake Community Room, Swansea Rd, Lilydale, VIC 3140
2014 dates:      5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec
 
MELBOURNE
Time:               6.30pm (note new starting time)
Day:                First Wednesday of the month
Venue:           Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
                        (opposite the Queen Victoria Market) Timber Meeting Room
2014 dates:   7 May, 4 Jun
 
MOUNT WAVERLY
Time:               7.30-10pm
Day:                Second Tuesday of the month
Venue:            Alvie Hall, Corner High Street Road and Alvie Road, Mount Waverley, VIC 3149
2014 dates:     13 May, 10 Jun, 8 Jul, 12 Aug, 9 Sep, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec 
 
PRESTON
Time:               1-3pm
Day:                Second Saturday of the month
Venue:           Preston Library Meeting Room, 266 Gower St Preston VIC
2014 dates:   10 May, 14 Jun, 12 Jul, 9 Aug, 13 Sep, 11 Oct, 8 Nov, 13 Dec
 
ST KILDA
Time:               7.30pm
Day:                First Tuesday of the month
Venue:            Betty Day Centre, Rooms 1 & 2, 67 Argyle St, St Kilda, VIC 3182  (Melways Map Ref 58C9)
2014 dates:     6 May, 3 Jun, 1 Jul, 5 Aug, 2 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec
 
TEMPLESTOWE
Time:               7.30pm
Day:                First Wednesday of every second month
Venue:            Bullen and Templestowe Senior Citizens Centre, Corner Manningham Rd and Balmoral Ave,
                         Lower Templestowe, VIC 3107 (MEL Ref 33 A9)
2014 dates:    4 Jun, 6 Aug, 1 Oct, 3 Dec

SANDRINGHAM
Time:               7.30-9pm
Day:                First Monday of the month
Venue:            Sandybeach Centre, 2 Sims Street, Sandringham
2014 dates:   5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec                 



Call 1800 138 029 or email us for info and bookings. Please provide contact details in case of cancellation.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

ADELAIDE
Time:               7pm – 9pm
Day:                Second Tuesday of every month
Venue:            Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide, SA 5000
2014 dates:    13 May, 10 Jun, 8 Jul, 12 Aug, 9 Sep, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec                 
 
Call 1800 138 029 or email us for info and bookings. Please provide contact details in case of cancellation.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

PERTH – BASSENDEAN
Time:               6.30pm – 8.30pm
Day:                Third Wednesday of every month
Venue:            Meeting Room, Bassendean Memorial Library, 46 Old Perth Road, Bassendean.
2014 dates:    16 Apr, 21 May, 18 Jun, 16 Jul, 20 Aug, 17 Sep, 15 Oct, 20 Nov, 17 Dec

PERTH – DIANELLA
Time:               10am-12pm
Day:                Second Saturday of every month
Venue:           All Saints Anglican Church, 420 Grande Promenade, Dianella, WA 6059 TBC
2014 dates:    10 May, 14 Jun, 12 Jul, 9 Aug, 13 Sep, 11 Oct, 8 Nov, 13 Dec

PERTH – MANDURAH
Time:               5-7pm
Day:                Last Tuesday of every month
Venue:           Learning & Development (Education), Peel Health Campus,
                        110 Lakes Road, Mandurah WA 6210
2014 dates:    27 May, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 25 Aug, 30 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov


PERTH – PALMYRA
Time:               6.30pm - 8.30pm
Day:                First Thursday of every monthh
Venue:           Meeting Room, Millers Bakehouse Museum, 7 Baal St, Palmyra
2014 dates:    1 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug, 4 Sep, 2 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec


Call 1800 138 029 or email us for info and bookings. Please provide contact details in case of cancellation.


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ACT

CANBERRA - HUGHES (Southside)
Time:              7pm - 9pm
Day:               Second Wednesday of every second month
Venue:           Room 2, Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom Street, Hughes ACT 2605 TBC
2014 dates:   11 Jun, 13 Aug, 8 Oct, 10 Dec
    



Call 1800 138 029 or email us for info and bookings. Please provide contact details in case of cancellation.

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TASMANIA

LAUNCESTON
Time:               7.30pm
Day:                First Monday of the month
Venue:           Area 2, Windsor Community Precinct, 1 Windsor Drive, Riverside Launceston
2014 dates:    5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec


Call 1800 138 029 or email us for info and bookings. Please provide contact details in case of cancellation.

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NORTHERN TERRITORY

Expressions of interest have been received regarding starting a Support Groups in NT. CCA is currently working towards developing groups and are currently looking for people who are interested in facilitating a group. Please contact CCA on 1800 138 029 or emailif you would like to find out more information about facilitating or participating in a Support Group in one of these areas or if you are interested in starting a group in your own area.

 

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CCA is committed to developing a network of Support Groups nation wide; however, suitable volunteers to facilitate new groups are needed. Full training and support is provided to members who wish to become support group facilitators. If you would like to learn more about becoming a support group facilitator please phone 1800 138 029 or email.