Largely unpredictable, no two patients have the same experience. We’re here to help. Find a Crohn’s disease clinical trial for you.
Over 80,000 Australian’s currently live with a life-long digestive tract disorder – whether it’s Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. Due to the chronic nature of the condition, and its flares, people find their emotional, physical, and social wellbeing heavily impacted. We’re seeing Crohn’s being diagnosed more often, at a younger age, and requiring more complex treatment.
Although treatment, and careful management, are available to minimise the symptoms and impact Crohn’s has on everyday life – there is no cure.
Looking for how to help someone with Crohn’s disease? At HealthMatch, we’re bringing forward tomorrow’s treatments. We have more than 20 trials available for Crohn’s, including ones aimed at mucosal healing and managing the underlying pathological process of Crohn’s disease.
"Crohn’s affects everything. Being unwell makes you depressed and anxious about things that other people really take for granted." Alec*, 27
people ages 5-40 are affected by Crohn’s disease ¹
Australians are projected to have Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis by 2020 ²
has one of the highest reported incidences of IBD worldwide ³
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) has been supporting Australians with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) for over 30 years. They provide support services, advice, and encouragement to people suffering from, and affected by, the condition.
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia advocates for world-class treatments and health services for those living with IBD. While doing so, they continue to invest in research for a cure.
CCA Support Services
To help make life more liveable for Australians living with IBD, there are multiple services and programs in place. These include monthly support groups; telephone helplines; online support; youth camps; quarterly magazines and toolkits.
The National Public Toilet Map provides information on over 19,000 public and private available toilets across Australia. Opening hours, accessibility, and facilities are included. There is also an official App available on Google Play and the App Store.
Raising Children is an Australian parenting website, that provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information for families. Their page on Crohn’s disease provides specific information on helping parents and children treat, and manage, Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease. People experience painful swelling and irritation inside the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease usually affects the lower digestive tract such as the bowel and/or the colon. However, it can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to anus.
During a flare, symptoms can include abdominal cramps and pain; weight loss; diarrhoea; bowel urgency; nausea; fever; fatigue and tiredness, and more. Patients who experience a severe flare may require hospitalisation or surgery.
During periods of remission, symptoms may disappear altogether.
As symptoms and intensity vary for every person with the condition, Crohn’s disease treatment varies for each patient. However, many people minimise the impact the condition has on their life through medication, supplements and diet. Some people may need to undergo surgery to reduce severely diseased or damaged sections of the bowel if necessary.
There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease.
A clinical trial is a scientific study involving patient or non-patient (healthy) human volunteers. They help determine whether medicines are safe and effective to introduce as new treatments for a particular disease or condition.
HealthMatch matches you to clinical trials, in an easy-to-understand process.
After completing a medical questionnaire, our platform searches for and filters eligible trials for you. You’re able to view matches and apply for trials, on your trial dashboard.
We’ll put you in direct contact with the trial group once you’ve been accepted. We won’t stop searching until we’ve found you the right match.
1 2 Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, Improving Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care Across Australia
3 Gastroenterological Society of Australia, Clinical Update for General Practitioners and Physicians
*Names have been changed to protect identity
Updated July 2020