Member Benefits

As a member of CCA you are part of a caring community and have access to exclusive benefits.

Inside Insight magazine

The official magazine of Crohn’s & Colitis Australia features news from CCA, stories on the latest research in IBD, personal stories from the Crohn’s and colitis community, tips on lifestyle strategy and plenty more.

This member’s-only publication is available online or in print – you choose how to receive your copy of each edition.

The Inside Story: A Toolkit for Living Well with IBD

This comprehensive information kit is an extensive resource including information on more than 20 different topics that can directly affect people living with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. There are contributions from medical experts and it includes detailed information regarding diet and nutrition, medications, surgery, emotional factors, children and IBD etc.

This 150-page information kit is the first Australian publication of its kind and is available exclusively to members of Crohn’s & Colitis Australia.

It is available online in the Members section of our website as an e-Book. Alternatively, a copy can be mailed to members for the cost of postage and handling.

Fortnightly CCA e-News

A fortnightly digest on news from CCA, featuring invitations to any upcoming forums, youth programs, and other events, updates from the Crohn’s & Colitis Hub, research news and more, delivered straight to your inbox on every second Wednesday.

Research Update

An exclusive research series, which gives you the scoop on what is happening in the world of IBD research.  The Research Update can include a mix of video reports and articles prepared just to update you on what progress and change is being made in IBD research field.

IBD Telephone Helplines

If you want to speak to someone about Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis information, support or ways to manage your health, CCA offers two telephone support services:

Crohn’s and Colitis Helpline for individual help, information and guidance on Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, provided by our Helpline Coordinator.

Crohn’s and Colitis Nurseline, an appointment-based service where you will speak with an IBD nurse who will help in creating a personalised care plan. More >

Exclusive Member Access

Our member-only section features current and back issues of the Inside Insight magazine, the e-Book version of The Inside Story Toolkit, all research update videos and various important links to other content.

Can't Wait Card

The Can’t Wait Card is issued to new members of CCA who have been formally diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis (IBD), to help them gain access to a toilet in times of urgency.

The personalised card is the same size as a credit card for convenient storage, and displays the diagnosed person’s name and CCA member number. The card identifies that person as someone who requires urgent access to a toilet due to a medical condition. More >

New Member Information Pack

Upon joining, each new member receives a New Member Information Pack via the ‘snail mail’ within 1-2 weeks of registering.

The kit features a range of hard-copy literature, including:

  • a welcome letter detailing membership benefits and how to access them
  • your personalised Can’t Wait Card
  • two recent editions of Inside Insight
  • the ‘Wellbeing Toolkit’ booklet
  • ‘My Partner in IBD Care’ booklet
  • a handy fridge magnet and notepad with information on our Helpline
  • various other helpful brochures

IBD Forums

Our IBD forums are held at a range of locations throughout Australia – both in cities and regional areas, and each year they provide members with the opportunity to hear from experts across a range of relevant topics.

Topic can include medical information and strategies to help live well with IBD, and occasionally a personal story from someone living with Crohn’s or colitis is shared.

As a CCA member you will be the receive direct invitation to upcoming IBD forums, often before they are advertised to the public.

Youth Programs

CCA’s offers a range of events and programs for young people living with IBD and their families with the opportunity to meet, foster resilience, increase knowledge and form lasting friendships. These fun and rewarding events also build self-esteem and link up children and teens with other people their age experiencing the same challenges and successes.

CCA’s youth events & programs include:

  • Camp Fearless
  • Kid’s Fun Day
  • YEP! Youth Empowerment Program

Learn more about our youth programs here.

As a CCA member, you will learn about upcoming youth programs before they are advertised to the public.

Support Groups

CCA offers a nationwide network of more than 20 support groups with trained volunteer facilitators. Support groups provide an environment where everyone can contribute, receive empathy, support and understanding.

Learn more about CCA support groups including locations and dates here.

As a CCA member, you will receive notifications about new support groups commencing.

Volunteer Teams

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia is working with regional Australians to establish volunteer teams to provide support and leadership for those who live with inflammatory bowel disease.

Volunteer teams enable people with IBD and their families to connect with others who are going through the same challenges and support one another and the search for a cure.

Follow us on Facebook

Our public Facebook page is a great way for you, your family and your friends to keep up to date with the latest CCA and IBD news and events.

This is a great place to communicate and ask questions openly.

Find us on Facebook, click like and new posts will automatically show up on your wall every day. We’re also on Twitter and Instagram!