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We are supporting Crohn's & Colitis Australia to conduct forums throughout NSW to address a growing demand for support and information for those with inflammatory bowel disease and their families.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), affects almost 25,000 people in New South Wales.

Though our $10,000 funding grant, Crohn's & Colitis Australia (CCA) is now rolling out forums throughout the state to address a growing demand for support and information for patients and their families.

Starting in May 2014, forums are being held at Sydney Children's Hospital and Westmead Children's Hospital, as well as John Hunter Hospital Newcastle. They aim to provide patients with the opportunity to participate in an informative, educational forum in a safe learning environment.

CCA Chief Executive Officer, Francesca Manglaviti, said the forums better equip not only patients, but also carers and families, to manage the various challenges the disease presents every day.

“We conduct two IBD forums: one dealing specifically with issues faced by children and adolescents and their carers and another for all ages, which provide the latest information and developments regarding disease management,” Ms Manglaviti said.

“Equally important though, it connects people living with IBD enabling them to share their experiences and develop peer-to-peer support networks.

For more about the IBD forms and CCA please click here.