Patron: Mr G.J. Roadley, FRACS
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.
The first Ostomy nurse in NZ was Ruth Wedlake from Dunedin who did her training in 1964 in Cleveland Ohio under the World’s First Ostomy Nurse, Norma Gill, and Dr Rupert Turnbull. The Federation’s Journal, the N.Z. OSTOMATE, was launched in 1983 and is now in its 33rd year. Published 3 times per year and is distributed free to all New Zealand ostomates, mainly with their supplies. A number of copies are sent overseas to other Ostomy Associations. N.Z Ostomate just published its 101st issue.
The Federation also publishes a booklet, LIVING WITH YOUR OSTOMY, which is available free to all new ostomates
A Travel Certificate is also available from Societies or can be downloaded from the website. Each Society has its Trained Ostomy Visitors who are available on request to visit those who will require Ostomy surgery, as well as to the new ostomate. These visits can be made either in the patient’s home or in the Hospital. The use of trained Ostomy visitors has proved very beneficial in the rehabilitation of many NZ ostomates.