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Patron His Excellency Lieutenant General
The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO

The first New Zealand Ostomy Society was formed in Christchurch in 1961. There are now 21 Societies covering the country from Whangarei in the North to Invercargill at the bottom of the South Island. This later Society we believe is the southern most Ostomy group in the world. 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 32nd 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 97th 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.

Upcoming Events

Wed Jun 15 @11:30AM -
Napier Meeting
Sat Jul 23 @12:00AM
Fri Aug 05 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
FNZOS Executive Meeting 1602
Sat Aug 06 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
2016 Seminar & AGM


With 5,000 ostomates in NZ and only 2,000 members, we need to enroll more ostomates as members to give us that strong voice that is needed when negotiating with Government and others on behalf of ALL our ostomates.

To join your local society, please visit the Ostomy Societies page.

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Mission Statement

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.

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Latest News

  • Karl Moen / Feb 28, 2016 Newsletters The  latest Newsletter from the Canterbury Ostomy  Society is now available for viewing Read More
  • Karl Moen / Feb 28, 2016 2016 AGM The Registration Forms for the AGM and Training Session on Saturday 6 August are now availalbe for downloading.  Please note closing Read More
  • Karl Moen / Jan 15, 2016 Caring for Ostomates   The Federation's Booklet "Caring forOstomates";  a practical guide for staff in Nursing  and Residential Homes and for those who care Read More
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