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Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are lifelong, chronic, debilitating and largely hidden conditions that affect one in 250 Australians aged 5-49.  The illnesses can be treated, but as yet there is no cure.

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Quick facts and stats

  • About IBD (Crohn's & colitis)
    • More than 75,000 Australians have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease)
    • The number of Australians with IBD is expected to rise dramatically to a figure of 100,000 in the next decade.
    • Australia has one of the highest incidence and prevalence of IBD in the world
    • IBD costs the nation $3.1 billion every year, and is more prevalent than epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Typical symptoms include the frequent and urgent need to use the toilet, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, fatigue and weight loss, often resulting in depression, anxiety and isolation in sufferers.
  • About Crohn's & Colitis Australia (CCA)
    • CCA is the peak body representing people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Australia
    • CCA’s mission is to support the Crohn’s and colitis community with a focus on confidential support programs, including education, advocacy, counselling, increasing awareness and generating and utilising funds for research and programs
    • For more information visit or phone 1800 138 029

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Fast facts about IBD 2014

For more detailed information and statistics, see the March 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC) report entitled Improving Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care Across Australia available here.