IBIS Irritable Bowel Information & Support Association of Australia Inc.


Irritable Bowel

Who Suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

People from all sections of the community,
and all walks of life can suffer from
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Many suffer in silence, too embarrassed to
seek assistance or support.
If you suffer, you need to know that you
are not alone.
"It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults have IBS at some time."

What do you look for?

If you answer yes to three or more of the following questions, you may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and you should consult your doctor. Once properly diagnosed we can help you achieve control.

  • Frequently experience abdominal pain which is relieved when you have been to the toilet.
  • Frequently experience abdominal bloating and discomfort.
  • Frequently experience constipation.
  • Frequently experience periods of diarrhoea.
  • Frequently notice altered stool form (lumpy, hard, loose or watery).
On a regular basis:
  • Experience alternating constipation and diarrhoea.
  • Experience the need to go to the toilet frequently to defecate or feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowel.
  • Experience times where there is frequent passage of mucus.
  • Experience altered stool passage (straining, urgency).
  • Experience lots of wind.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

IBS affects the nerves and muscles of the bowel, and is classified as a functional gastrointestinal disorder. Nerves can become over sensitive and muscles may not work in unison, causing abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements. IBS never leads to or causes more serious conditions like colitis or bowel cancer.

What is IBIS ?

IBIS, the Irritable Bowel Information and Support Association, is a non-profit mutual support organisation.

All members either suffer or are family members of a sufferer of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). People with IBS experience chronic or recurrent gastro-intestinal problems.

It is a functional disorder and cannot be traced to any biochemical or structural abnormalities in the bowel. The main trigger for symptoms of IBS is stress, whether this is dietary (food intolerance), emotional, environmental or any other form.

IBS is indiscriminate so members come from all walks of life and can afflict all ages. There is a large membership throughout Australia.

Why Live Your Life in Isolation?

It can be very easy for sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome to isolate themselves from the community and in some instances from members of their own family. Understanding your condition and knowing that others also suffer, can give those affected by IBS the courage and knowledge to greatly improve their lives. By accepting and understanding the condition, people with IBS can gain control and confidence.

Who Can Join ?

Membership of IBIS is open to anyone, although we always recommend that the condition is diagnosed by a qualified medical professional first, in order to rule out any other cause for the symptoms


If you have blood or a black tarry substance in your bowel motion you should contact your doctor as soon as possible for further investigation.

PO Box 4853

Phone: 07 3372 2091 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm)
Email: contact@ibis-australia.org

Mission Statement

  • To assist people suffering IBS and their families in dealing with IBS.
  • To cooperate with the medical profession and where deemed appropriate to supply information necessary for research into the condition.
  • To maintain a flow of information of activities of the association to professional medical staff.
  • To obtain information about IBS and disseminate this to the members and the community.



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