About Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA)

For more than three decades, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia has been empowering the more than 100,000 Australian men, women and children living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – to live fearlessly.

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, governed by a board of directors who represent the Crohn’s and colitis community.

As a Public Benevolent Institution and deductible Gift Recipient covered by item 1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, CCA is registered with the Australian Charity and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC).

Australian Crohn’s and Colitis Association
trading as Crohn’s & Colitis Australia
ABN: 42 082 747 135

What we do

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia’s primary purpose is to provide support services, advice and encouragement to people with 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.

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.

While we invest in research for a cure, CCA continues to advocate for world best treatments and health services for those living with IBD. Through our programs we offer education and support for Australia’s growing Crohn’s and colitis community and raise awareness of the disease. Importantly, our services are offered free of charge.

We rely on the generosity of volunteers, donors and community fundraising to continue our work.

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Our Vision

“At CCA we dream of a future that is free of Crohn’s and colitis. We empower people to live fearlessly while we help search for a cure.”


Towards the year 2026

In this section…

Our ambassadors

Our board

Our team

Our blog


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Annual Reports

Contact us

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The work CCA does also includes…

Support groups

Monthly support group meetings held throughout Australia provide participants with a safe and supportive environment to express themselves openly, while receiving support and understanding from others who have had similar experiences.

Telephone helplines

If you want to speak to someone about Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis information, support or ways to manage your health, CCA offers two telephone support services – the Crohn’s and Colitis Helpline, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Nurseline. Call 1800 138 029 and choose your preferred option.

Information forums

Held in various places around Australia, these popular forums feature expert speakers and the opportunity to make connections with local support services.

Find out about upcoming forums and learn about information shared at recent forums.

Funding research

The IBD Quality of Care Program aims to influence the organisation, resources, and provision of health care to promote better, person-centred outcomes for people living with IBD. CCA also funds research grants.

Can’t Wait Card

The Can’t Wait Card issued to members of CCA who have been formally diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease helps holders to access a toilet in a time of urgency.

Youth camps

Bringing together teenagers living with IBD for three days of fun, adventure and activities with peers who understand the challenges of living with the condition.


Including a quarterly magazine, ‘Inside Insight’, information booklets and IBD Toolkit for Members.

Find out more about membership.

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Volunteer organising teams

Leading peer support activities including: support group meetings, creating local media awareness, raising funds for local needs, and organising education sessions in partnership with CCA.

Become a member

Join the 2,450 Australian members living with Crohn’s & Colitis


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