Coeliac Awareness Week

13-20 March, annually

Coeliac Awareness Week 2017

Consider Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Australia's consider coeliac disease campaign aims to increase awareness and the diagnosis of coeliac disease nationally.

Coeliac disease is a serious medical illness, affecting 1 in 70 of the population. However, 80 per cent of affected Australians remain undiagnosed.

Coeliac Australia aims to reach the many thousands of Australians unaware they are living with coeliac disease and help them to recognise symptoms and take steps towards diagnosis and treatment.

Posters for you to help us raise awareness...

We have created two posters that can be downloaded and printed to display in your local area, at places like the community centre, gym, library, hospital, or general practice rooms.

 

Coeliac Awareness Week poster assessment Coeliac Awareness Week poster family tree
Download online assessment poster   Download family tree poster

 

Online resources

The following online resources have been developed for health professionals to support the diagnosis of coeliac disease and are available now on the Health Professionals Resources page.

Community awareness

Raising the level of awareness of symptoms in the broader community is also a priority of our campaign. Please download and print one of our new posters (above) to help publicise Coeliac Awareness Week 2017.

 

Electronic resources for doctors

Video: Diagnosing coeliac disease - A brief guide for GPs

Fact sheet: Diagnosing coeliac disease - The key facts

Coeliac Disease CDM (Chronic Disease Management) Templates

The Coeliac Australia Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) has designed a CDM (Chronic Disease Management) template, incorporating GP Management Plan (GPMP) and Team Care Arrangement (TCA) documents, suitable for use with the four medical practice computer programs listed (right) or as a PDF form.

See download instructions below 

Medical Director

Best Practice

Genie

Zed Med

Chronic disease management PDF form (CAW)


PLEASE NOTE: download instructions for above templates
- apart from the PDF form (which can be saved or downloaded and opened as an editable form), it is IMPORTANT that you do not open the files outside the relevant computer program. Download or save the required file without opening it.

Once the download or save is completed, unzip the file to the correct folder for the software it will be used with, then open the software to access the template.


Further information from the UK

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines

The NICE clinical guidelines on coeliac disease (link below), first published in May 2009, set the standard for high quality healthcare and encourage healthy living. The current guidelines (NG20) were published in September 2015:

Coeliac disease (2015): recognition, assessment and management of coeliac disease

The NICE guideline on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (link below) highlights the importance of excluding coeliac disease before diagnosing IBS.

(2008) Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care

 

British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
BSG prepare guidelines that deal with the investigation, management and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

The BSG guidelines for the management of adults and children with coeliac disease (link below) represent a consensus of best practice based on the available evidence at the time of preparation. They may not apply in all situations and should be interpreted in the light of specific clinical situations and resource availability.

Guidelines on the diagnosis and management of adult coeliac disease (2014) Ludvigsson JF, Bai JC, Biagi F et al.

 

 

Reasons why correct diagnosis of coeliac disease
is important to health professionals

Under diagnosis

Over 1% of a GP’s patients will have coeliac disease, for most, this rate of incidence is not being reflected.

Lost productivity

It takes years for most people with coeliac disease to be diagnosed – that’s a lot of wasted time and resources in GP visits that could have been saved if the condition was detected sooner. 

Higher rate of other conditions

Undiagnosed coeliac disease is associated with an increased risk of other conditions - infertility, osteoporosis, lymphoma, higher risk of other autoimmune conditions – early diagnosis reduces these risks for patients.

Family members at risk

Coeliac disease has a genetic basis and often other family members will also have the condition (with associated health risks), sometimes without obvious symptoms. Correct diagnosis can lead to other people in the same family also being detected.

 

 

 

 

Useful Links

Downloads

 

Health Professionals
Chronic Disease Management templates
- Medical Director
- Best Practice
- Genie
- Zed Med
- PDF Form

Fact sheet
Diagnosing coeliac disease

Individuals
Posters
- Online assessment
- Family tree

Media
Media Releases
- Gluten free fad diet impacts coeliac diagnosis

 

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