Workplace and financials

Workplace resources for employers and employees

If you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – the two main conditions described by the medical term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – you may have concerns about employment.

Whether you’re seeking employment for the first time or are planning a return to work after diagnosis, disease flare-up or surgery, there are several things you’ll need to consider to make the transition as successful as possible.

Private health insurance

There are plenty of providers of private health insurance in Australia and all offer different levels of cover and benefits. It is important that you compare the funds carefully and read the fine print to make sure that a policy truly meets your specific needs.

The internet is a valuable source of information about health insurance for IBD and can help you identify the most suitable providers. After doing some initial research, you should make a short list of potential providers and then discuss your needs with them directly (by telephone or in person) before deciding on a policy that is best for you. Remember, if you have IBD or another chronic illness that you fail to mention when arranging private health insurance, your policy could be deemed invalid when you need to make a claim.