The first New Zealand Ostomy Society was formed in Christchurch in 1961. There are now 19 Societies covering the country from Whangarei in the North to Dunedin in the south The Federation came into being in 1972. With a population of over 4.5 million there are nearly 6,000 ostomates in New Zealand, which is one in every 760 persons. This ratio is very similar to that found in Australia.
VICE PRESIDENT & Editor of the NZ Ostomate Magazine
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
FEDERATION OF NZ OSTOMY SOCIETIES
To work together with families, all medical professionals and Local Health Authorities, to ensure Ostomates and persons with related surgeries of every age and culture in New Zealand and within our Region, receive, free of charge, the best care and equipment that will enable them to lead normal lives of optimum quality.