GP Aware

IBD for GPs and Physicians

IBD for GPs and Physicians is an eLearning platform designed to provide general practitioners, general physicians, gastroenterologists and surgeons with IBD-specific foundational and advanced knowledge that you can apply in your practice.  

In this course you will learn about early detection of IBD, early intervention, therapies, referral and triage, management of IBD and preventative health care, multidisciplinary team-based care, and managing complex IBD issues.  

Learning materials include: 

  • Online self-directed modules 
  • Workshops 
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars 
  • Resources 

Self-directed modules and workshops have CPD points allocated.  

Project overview

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 are collaborating 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.

Management Plans for people living with IBD

CCA worked with consumers and healthcare professionals to co-design Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Management Plans.

These are now available to use with your healthcare professional team, please visit Management Plans.

A management plan is a tool that can be used to improve communication between people living with IBD and the health professionals who support them. The tool aims to encourage a shared understanding of a patient’s disease status between a multidisciplinary team and the best management plan specific to the person living with IBD. 

GP and other healthcare professional resources

To assist healthcare professionals in the management of IBD, CCA have developed a centralised webpage that aims to provide GPs, general gastroenterologists, general physicians and allied healthcare professionals with high quality guidelines and tools.

Poo & A Podcast

Featuring expert advice from GPs and Gastroenterologists, Poo & A is here to guide health professionals on how to provide better care for Australians living with inflammatory bowel disease.

Project documents

In Phase 1 of the project, a literature review identified the most commonly used high quality Australian and international IBD management guidelines, and determined their access and utilisation. The literature review was used to co-design and develop tailored education and training resources on IBD management protocols.

The IBD management protocols identified were used in consultations with GPs and gastroenterologists in the first phase of the project to identify barriers and enablers to the use of existing referral protocols, management guidelines and IBD education.

The Phase 1 report concludes the literature review and stakeholder engagement activity whereby the review team sought to gather direct feedback from GPs and generalist gastroenterologists to help inform and shape the development of an IBD guideline communication and marketing campaign and the development of tailored CPD and associated educational materials, tools and resources.

Project Advisory Committee

We are grateful to the Project Advisory Committee for their dedication and expertise to guide this project.

Prof Jane Andrews (Chair)Director, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia
Dr Eva ZhangGastroenterologist
Dr Yoon-Kyo AnGastroenterologist
A/Prof Jane SmithGP, RACGP representative
A/Prof Simon KnowlesPsychologist
Nick CattonCEO, Gastroenterological Society of Australia
Bronwyn LebrasseGastroenterological Society of Australia
Stacy KambourisAustralian General Practice Accreditation Limited
Cynthia TaitAustralian General Practice Accreditation Limited
Christine ButtigiegConsumer, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia
Leanne RavenCEO, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia
Wayne MassagerCrohn’s & Colitis Australia
Hailey FisherCrohn’s & Colitis Australia