Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the predominant IBDs, can be diagnosed at any age, though it is most commonly diagnosed in people aged between 15-35 years when education, career and family building are at a peak.
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia’s primary purpose is to provide support services, advice and encouragement to people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Whilst CCA doesn’t cure the illness it can remove some of the burden for people living with IBD and their families.
Our vision is that no one suffers from IBD.
Our purpose is to drive quality of care for our community by educating, supporting, increasing awareness, advocating and research. We rely on the generosity of volunteers, donors and community fundraising to continue our work.
CCA helps the IBD community through:
- Crohn’s & Colitis Hub, a go-to online information portal for everything you need to know about living well with IBD
- A national network of grassroots support groups as well as online peer and IBD nurse support
- National program of Youth Camps to provide young people with IBD an opportunity to have a great time away with other teenagers who understand exactly what you’re going through.
- Online and in-hospital education forums and information to educate the newly diagnosed, their families and
- A national telephone helpline for those living with IBD and their
- The innovative ‘Can’t Wait Card’ that facilitates quick access to public toilets
- A research program that provides IBD research grants that supports young researchers and is building
- Advocacy for better and more cost-effective treatments