We know young adults aged 18-25 living with IBD need a support program that focuses on your needs. So, we are excited to announce that the online Young Adult Support (YAS) has arrived! With the help of young adults with IBD like you and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF), CCA has created YAS in response to the support you’ve asked for. Keep an eye on what’s happening in this space to see how you can get involved.

On this page you will find:

  • Details about the group
  • YAS Champion 2024
  • Group facilitators
  • Message Box
  • Current research on IBD
  • Healthy recipes

Hi, I’m Campbell, the Young Adult Support program champion for 2024. I’ve had Crohn’s disease since late 2022 and after being too unwell to do anything for the six months, I decided to make a positive change in my life. With the help of my medical team, I’m now able to exercise daily, compete in endurance sporting events and have a balanced lifestyle.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 20th May (till further notice, meetings will occur every second month: 15th July 16th September 18th November).

DateThe third Monday of every month
Time7:00pm (AEST)
VenueThis group will be online. For further enquiries, please telephone 1800 138 029 or email us.

To register, click the button below and follow the prompts.

Group Facilitators

Megan Trainor

Megan is a Sydney local who works in paediatric health care. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2018 at the age of 22 and is passionate about supporting young adults in their journey following their diagnosis. Megan enjoys spending time with her friends and her sausage dogs, Molly and Tommy. 

Patrick Lickiss

Patrick Lickiss, our long-time volunteer, is stepping down from his role as a facilitator of the support groups. He completed his medical studies and has just started his career as a medial professional. Patrick has decided, however, to remain involved in CCA advocacy and IBD awareness efforts.

Congratulations and thank you!!!

Natasha Ciarma

Natasha used to practice Taekwondo and even earned a black belt. For years however she lived with undiagnosed Crohn’s until a severe flare-up landed her in the hospital with temporary immobility due to joint pain. Now, with monthly injections of Stelara biologic, Natasha has shifted her focus to reformer Pilates and long walks to maintain her health and well-being.

Featured Article

Prepared for you by Bowen Xia. Check for it below the Bio.

‘My name is Bowen and I am an IBD patient and also a physician trainee. My experiences with my gastroenterologist, when I was diagnosed, inspired me to study medicine and my experiences as a patient cultivated my interest in gastroenterology as a career. Living with IBD is a challenge and I hope bring my experiences from both ends as a doctor and as a patient to Crohn’s and Colitis Australia. One specific area I will focus on is making research articles about IBD more accessible to everyone by focusing on the main points and conclusions. In my spare time I enjoy swimming and catching the latest TV shows.’

Current Research

Medication

For information on medication, click the button below to find the appropriate information.

Recipes

The Young Adult Service has been developed thanks to Youth Health Forum Incubator Grant.