Living with IBD Handbook

Being Given a diagnosis of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can be overwhelming.  In 2012 Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust published it's first edition of the Living with IBD handbook.  The purpose of the handbook was to answer many of the questions people have upon being first diagnosed, but also to serve as a reference in the future.

This updated version is a result of a collaborative effort between New Zealand doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and, most-importantly, people with IBD.  Having an understanding of these diseases is important as management is best when there is a partnership between the patient and the medical team. 

We hope this handbook will be useful.  All of us at Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust are committed to making the lives of people with IBD more liveable.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information or would like to learn more about what we do.

- Richard Stein, MD, FRACP, FACG, Chair of CCNZ


We would like to gratefully acknowledge all the New Zealand patients and medical professionals who submitted photographs that appear throughout this handbook.



CCNZ gratefully acknowledges the following people for their contributions to this handbook:

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Hollie Asprey, Registered Psychologist, Wellington
Dr Rachael Bergman, Gastroenterologist, Auckland City Hospital
Belinda Brown, CEO, Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust
Dr Charlotte Daker, Gastroenterologist, North Shore Hospital
Professor Andrew Day, Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Christchurch Hospital
Professor Richard Gearry, Gastroenterologist, Christchurch Hospital
Dr Dagmar Hendel, Gastroenterologist, Auckland City Hospital
Assoc. Professor Mark Lane, Gastroenterologist, Auckland City Hospital
Kerry McIlroy, Dietitian, Auckland City Hospital 
Mr Arend Merrie, Colorectal Surgeon, Auckland City Hospital
Karen Murdoch, RN, IBD Nurse Specialist, Hawke’s Bay Hospital
Charmaine Rees, Trustee, Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust
Dr David Rowbotham, Gastroenterologist, Auckland City Hospital
Dr Sophia Savva, Gastroenterologist, Wellington Regional Hospital
Dr Richard Stein, Chair, Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust, Gastroenterologist, Lower Hutt
Dr Catherine Wall, Dietitian, Christchurch Hospital
Dr Philip Wong, Gastroenterologist, Auckland City Hospital 
Dr Sylvia Wu, Gastroenterologist, Wellington Regional Hospital


Thank you to Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd for proudly sponsoring the printing and distribution of this handbook.

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