Transitioning into an independent adult life brings many challenges, such as managing time, money, education, work, relationships, self-care, stress management and healthcare. All of this on top of the challenges imposed by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia has a long track record of establishing and running support groups where people with IBD, their family members and carers can share their experiences in a friendly and safe environment, both face to face and online. Until now, however, there has been no age specific online support group that would address the needs of young adults during the formative years of gaining their independence as adults.
We are delighted to announce that CCA was successful in securing a grant funded by Consumer Health Forum of Australia (CHF) to develop a set of recommendations for young adults living with IBD and create an online peer support group.
CCA intends this new initiative to be truly supportive, informative, and long-lasting in addressing the needs of young adults with IBD. Therefore, CCA will codesign this new initiative with active involvement of a young adult panel, starting with brainstorming the ideas, focus group discussions, and finally input from external partners such as Deakin University School of Psychology (VIC) and Mater Clinics (QLN).
Consequently, we would like to invite young adults between 18 and 35 years of age living with IBD from across Australia to contact us with their expression of interest to join our team as the project panel members.
To register your expression of interest please contact us via [email protected] or call 1800 138 029