bowel group for kids
The Bowel Group for Kids (BGK) is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia dedicated to providing educational and emotional support to families of children born with Hirschsprung's disease, imperforate anus and associated conditions. The BGK provides strategies and support to assist in improving the quality of life for young people living with a congenital bowel disorder.
The Bowel Group for Kids is a registered charity no. CFN 12693
The BGK was formed in 1996 by a group of parents and professionals who saw the need for a support group for children and families affected by Hirschsprung's Disease (HSCR) and Ano-Rectal Malformations/imperforate anus (ARM).
The current committee is made up of a dedicated group of individuals who give of their time generously and in a voluntary capacity. We currently receive no money from the Government and rely wholly on monies that we receive through donations, fundraising and membership fees.
Our members are Australia wide as well as in New Zealand, England, China and the USA.
Hirschsprung's Disease and Anorectal Malformation
Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR) and Imperforate anus (ARM) are rare congenital (at birth) conditions that affect one in every 5000 live births.When parents first learn that their child has been diagnosed with Hirschsprung's disease or imperforate anus they are naturally distressed, it can be confronting to be faced with the uncertainty of conditions they may not have heard of before. From that first moment to sharing the everyday challenges of bringing up a child with Hirschsprung's disease or imperforate anus, we are here to offer friendship, support, information and education.