Coeliac Awareness Week (13 - 20 March 2017)


Coeliac Awareness Week


Coeliac Awareness Week


Monday 13 March 2017 to Monday 20 March 2017




Nation Wide


Open Date:

Sunday 12 March 2017

Close Date:

Sunday 12 March 2017

Coeliac Awareness Week

Event Contact


David Hodgson


07 3105 8353


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Event Description


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.

View information: Coeliac Australia



Electronic resources for doctors

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


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.


We encourage all CheckUP members and stakeholders to take part in Coeliac Awareness Week.