The Turnbull Government has engaged Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) to develop a National Action Plan to identify the priorities to improve quality of care for more than 85,000 Australians affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The IBD National Action Plan will be jointly developed by the government, medical and other health care professionals and CCA, who will receive $150,000 in funding to undertake this work.
The Plan will seek to identify and consolidate a blueprint for improvement of the quality of care for Australians living with IBD.
It is estimated that one in 250 Australians are living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases) – a chronic and largely hidden bowel diseases in which the intestines become inflamed.
CCA has lobbied government for a change in IBD services and met with Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister for Health to discuss the importance of improving IBD health care in 2017. The National Action Plan will build on the evidence gathered as part of the national IBD audit and Australian IBD Standards developed by CCA.
Francesca Manglaviti, CEO of Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, said she was delighted to have the opportunity to lead the development of the National Action Plan.
“CCA is very pleased to be recognised as the appropriate organisation to develop the National Action Plan. The engagement of consumers in the planning of health care has been shown to greatly benefit the quality of care.”
“This Plan will provide guidance and direction on key goals and priorities for IBD health care, and help us ensure that people with IBD receive the best possible IBD care in Australia.”
The Turnbull government, stakeholders in IBD care and people living with IBD will work together with CCA to develop the National Action Plan. The first step will be a round-table meeting to identify gaps and consider actions.
The National Action Plan will be a public document published on www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au upon completion.