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work-3117299-4-flat550x550075f-holding-my-heart-in-my-handsCCA’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.

  • Support Groups

    CCA 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. 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.

    Please read our privacy policy.

    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

  • 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

  • FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN

    Being diagnosed with IBD is chalenging 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?

    Billy Archer

    You and your family are not alone

    Meeting others who are going through similar challenges can make a big difference. CCA member Sue Baker has set up a closed Facebook group Parents of Aussie Kids with IBD.

    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.

  • FOR TEENS

    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 embarrasment 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 is no wonder that many young people with IBD feel isolated, frustrated, stressed, anxious and/or depressed.

    It’s important to realise you are not alone.

    Meeting others who are going through similar challenges, learning more about the illness and taking a proactive interest in your 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.

    2015 CAMPS

    CCA are very excited to announce 3 camps in 2015!

    • Western Australia – 27-29 march at Ern Halliday Recreation 
    • Victoria – 8 -10May at Camp Manyung 
    • New South Wales- TBC

    Please contact Lauren on lauren@crohnsandcolitis.com.au or 03 9006 6976 for a registration form.

  • iCONNECT: ONLINE SUPPORT

    Whether you’re living in a regional area with limited access
    to health professionals and peer support or looking for
    a reliable source of information on IBD, you can access
    iConnect, CCA’s online support platform where people
    living with IBD, their families and friends can seek support
    from peers and IBD nurses.

    Our trained support crew and IBD specialist nurses are
    available online at the timetable below. You may log in to
    chat at given time or book an appointment to chat at a
    time convenient to you. Connect Now