Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) is undertaking a major project to support general practitioners to more effectively participate in IBD management. The 2019 IBD National Action Plan identified this as a priority area for attention and CCA has secured funding from the Australian Government to improve GP capacity to support IBD patients through awareness, education and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
CCA will work in collaboration with consortium partners the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), and Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) to:
- improve health professional awareness of existing guidelines for IBD management,
- better educate GPs and generalist gastroenterologists about IBD,
- promote the use of individual care plans for IBD management.
The main audience for the project is GPs throughout Australia and the project will also include generalist gastroenterologists.
The project has identified the most commonly used high quality Australian and international IBD management guidelines. The IBD management protocols identified were used in consultations with GPs and gastroenterologists in the first stage of the project to identify barriers and enablers to the use of existing referral protocols, management guidelines and IBD education.
The information collected through consultations will be used to plan and implement ways to increase the knowledge of and use of the IBD guidelines by GPs and gastroenterologists.
Updates on the project and links to educational materials will be available on this page in the future.