About Crohn's & Colitis Australia (CCA)
CCA is a not for profit organisation that has been in operation and supporting the Australian community for over 25 years.
CCA is the national peak body for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic illnesses collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our goals are to deliver services that inform, support and care for people living with IBD in Australia and to promote research aimed at finding a cure.
There are more than 70,000 people in Australia affected by IBD, some 28,000 with Crohn's disease and approximately 33,000 with ulcerative colitis. The number of people in Australia living with IBD is expected to rise by more than 23 per cent in the next decade (Access Economics Report, 2007).
What is Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis?
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD) are medical conditions effecting over 70,000 people in Australia, there is no known cure. Crohn's and Colitis are generally a ‘young' person's illness usually being diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35 although it can affect all age groups and demographics.
The symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease include bleeding, fever, fatigue, bloating, pain and most socially debilitating is frequent diarrhoea which means that the need for access to a toilet is sometimes extremely urgent and not being able to access one can result in physical pain and embarrassment. IBD can impact physical fitness, medication and surgery can impact bone and muscle strength.
Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the full thickness of the bowel wall and may involve any part of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation of the inner lining of the large bowel. Sometimes people get confused between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The two conditions are quite different and so are their treatments.
What is the Can't Wait card Campaign?
The campaign is about nviting retailers, business owners and venue operators to show their support for people with the medical condition IBD, by displaying a window sticker recognising the Can't Wait Card in their store.
By recognising the card, retailers, businesses and venue operators allow people with IBD access to their toilets when needed.
How does the Can't Wait Card work?
The Can't Wait Card is issued to members of CCA who have been formally diagnosed with Crohn's or colitis (IBD). The card displays the diagnosed person's name and CCA member number, and identifies that person as someone who requires urgent access to a toilet due to a medical condition.
When a Can't Wait card is presented, the retailer, business or venue operator will allow access to their toilet.
How can you help?
Our aim is to get the ‘Can't Wait' card widely recognised by the business community so retailers can provide better access to toilets. The ‘Can't Wait' card could make a significant difference to the lives of many people and give them greater confidence that they can access toilet facilities when and where they need them.
The other way you can help is to nominate the Crohn's & Colitis Association as the beneficiary of a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.
Chief Executive Officer