World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day: 

The quest to make New Zealand more "Patient Friendly".

19th May 2020

Around the world over fifty countries recognise the 19th of May as World IBD Day.  IBD (or Inflammatory Bowel Disease) refers to two diseases, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.  For New Zealand these diseases carry particular significance.  Our country has the third highest incidence of IBD in the world.

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Help Celebrate World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day.

19th May 2020

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects over 20,000 New Zealanders.  Most are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45 years but can also be diagnosed in childhood.

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Otago Researchers fast-track app for bowel disease sufferers in new COVID-19 era.

13th May 2020

University of Otago researchers, in collaboration with others in New Zealand, have been developing a smartphone app to help improve care for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

IBDsmart, is an app for symptom monitoring of patients. Similar for regular monitoring, the app would ensure that patients with problems can be separated from patients with no problems and these patients given priority for an outpatient appointment.

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Isabel Andrew

Facing Crohn's challenge head-on.

19th February 2020 - Ashburton Guardian

Ostomy New Zealand Magazine - 2/2020

On the surface Isabel Andrew is like any other smiling 11-year-old girl, full of chat and laughter, but look a little closer and you will see her smile is not quite as bright as it could be...

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Bachelor star motivates kids with Crohn's disease and colitis

22 January, 2018

Last year's winner of TV's The Bachelor has inspired children and adults at a camp organised to spread awareness and motivate those struggling with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis to become comfortable with who they are

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The first issue of the EFCCA Magazine 2018 is now available.

We hope you enjoy reading about our latest activities, news from our members and other interesting articles related to IBD. Many thanks to those who have contributed to it.





Bowel disease a 'looming crisis' in NZ

4 November, 2017

New Zealand faces a "looming crisis" in inflammatory bowel disease care, University of Otago Associate Prof Michael Schultz warns.

He is a gastroenterologist and researcher, who heads the department of medicine at the university’s Dunedin School of Medicine.

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Patients call for better Crohn's disease treatment

November, 2017

Patients and their doctors are calling for better care for a hidden but debilitating condition that hits young people and extremely hard.

Almost 21,000 New Zealanders have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - better known as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - a fifth of them children, according to a new study.

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NZ has world's third highest rate of inflammatory bowel disease

2 November, 2017

New Zealand has the third worst rate of inflammatory bowel disease in the world and it is growing at an alarming rate, a new study has found.

The study, launched this morning in Parliament, estimated 20,792 New Zealanders were affected by the disease. That's a rate of one in every 227 people which puts the disease on par with type 1 diabetes.

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