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Ostomy Organisations

Clinician and consumer organisations working to improve the lives of people with ostomies


Ostomy Organisations and Support Groups

The Australian Council of Stoma Associations

The Australian Council of Stoma Associations Inc represents, at a national level, the interests of 22 regional Stoma Associations located throughout Australia.

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American Cancer Society

With chartered divisions throughout the country and over 3400 local offices, the American Cancer Society® is committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation.

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)

Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 5000 healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of persons with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence. WOCN promotes educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence concerns.

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ACT and Districts Stoma Association

The A.C.T.& Districts Stoma Association Inc is a voluntary, non profit organisation formed to further the mutual interests and welfare of its members (colostomates, ileostomates and urostomates).

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Bendigo and Districts Stoma Association

The Bendigo Association is situated in central Victoria at 43-45 Kinross Street Bendigo and caters for all needs of ostomates.

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Cancer Council of Northern Territory

The Cancer Council NT is a 26-year-old non-government, charitable, community based organisation commmitted to raising funds for the purpose of reducing the impact of cancer. It achieves this by providing information and support for people affected by cancer.

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Ostomy Association of Melbourne

The objectives of the Association are to help people to cope with life with a stoma, to provide information and encouragement concerning all aspects of stoma care; to distribute free stoma care appliances and pharmaceutical items, approved by the Commonwealth Health Insurance Commission.

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Queensland Stoma Association Inc

The Association provides assistance and care, information, support and encouragement concerning all aspects related to stoma care and to living with a stoma.

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Cancer Council of Australia

The Cancer Council Australia is Australia's national non-government cancer control organisation. Our members are the eight state and territory cancer organisations, working together to undertake and fund cancer research, prevent and control cancer and provide information and support for people affected by cancer.

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Australian Centre for Health Promotion

The Australian Centre for Health Promotion aims to contribute to better population health outcomes by working with practitioners to improve the quality of health policy and the effectiveness of health promotion practice through the application of research. 

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Australian Council for Safety and Quality Healthcare

The Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care was established in January 2000 by Australian Health Ministers to lead national efforts to improve the safety and quality of health care provision in Australia. It reports annually to all Health Ministers and is supported by all State and Territory jurisdictions. The Council works closely with other national bodies to ensure that its work program complements the efforts of others.

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Australian Healthcare Association

The Australian Healthcare Association (previously the Australian Hospital Association) is the national industry body for publicly funded hospitals and healthcare organisations, including aged and extended care, primary and community health.  AHA has been a major contributor to Australia’s health policy for over 50 years. 

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Australian Health Promoting Schools Association

The Australian Health Promoting Schools Association was established in 1994. It developed out of the Australian Association for Healthy School Communities (AAHSC) and the Network for Healthy School Communities. 

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Breast Cancer Network Australia

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) was officially launched in October 1998 and is the national voice of Australians personally affected by breast cancer.  Its role is to empower, inform, represent and link together people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.  It links together more than 110 breast cancer member groups and over 11,000 individuals across the country.

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Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Consumers' Health Forum (CHF) is the leading national organisation providing a voice for all health consumers. CHF's strategic direction is set by its voting members. 

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Heart Foundation of Australia

The Heart Foundation is an independent Australia-wide, non-profit health organisation, funded almost entirely by donations from Australians. The Heart Foundation's purpose is to improve the heart health of Australians and to reduce disability and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease.

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National Council on Intellectual Disability

The National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID) is the national association representing people with intellectual disability and their families in Australia. It was established over 30 years ago by parents and friends to make the Australian community one in which people with intellectual disability are involved and accepted as equal participating members.

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National Cancer Control Initiative

The National Cancer Control Initiative is a partnership between The Cancer Council Australia and the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. The NCCI is entirely funded by the Commonwealth. The role of the National Cancer Control Initiative is to provide timely and expert advice to the Commonwealth Government and other key groups on all issues related to cancer control as well as manage a range of cancer related projects.

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National Public Health Partnerships

The NPHP is responsible for identifying and developing strategic and integrated responses to public health priorities in Australia.

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National Rural Health Alliance

The National Rural Health Alliance is the peak body working to improve the health of Australians in rural and remote areas. It is comprised of 24 Member Bodies, representing both health consumers and service providers in non-metropolitan areas.

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Royal District Nursing Service

The Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) is the largest and oldest provider of home nursing and healthcare services in Australia. Grounded in the principles of care and compassion, RDNS is a not-for-profit organisation, delivering 24hour a day nursing care to people in their homes, schools and workplaces. This service is provided 7 days a week, 365 days a of the year.

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Rural Health Education Foundation

Originally established in 1992, the Rural Health Education Foundation provides independent, accredited education services to general practitioners and other health professionals working in rural and remote Australia.

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Sexual Health Education Foundation

SHine SA is the lead sexual health agency in South Australia. Our site has been developed to provide you with information that can help you enjoy your relationships and sexual health with safety, pleasure and respect.

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ACT Health

ACT Health is responsible for providing the people of the Australian Capital Territory with the best health care possible through the implementation of the ACT Health Action Plan 2002, and aims to be recognised for delivering the best health care and health-related services in Australia.

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Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

We seek to provide better health and easier ageing for all Australians through a world-class health system.

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Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania

Our Services have been designed to inform members of the Tasmanian public about services provided by and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Health Department of Western Australia

Our aim is to manage a comprehensive range of health and health-related services to all West Australians, including health promotion, health protection, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, continuing care, support and palliative care. These services are provided through a range of people and organisations. The Department of Health is working to ensure that all the components of this diverse system work together to deliver the best possible health care to all West Australians when and where they need it. 

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National Health and Medical Research Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) consolidates within a single national organisation the often independent functions of research funding and development of advice. One of its strengths is that it brings together and draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private program managers, service administrators, community health organisations, social health researchers and consumers.

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Northern Territory Health Services

The Department of Health and Community Services exists to provide services that work together for the health and well-being of our communities: maximising physical health but also the mental, social and environmental well-being of all Territorians.

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NSW Department of Health 

NSW Department of Health is responsible for ensuring that the people of NSW are provided with the best possible health care. The Department monitors the performance of the NSW public health system and supports the statutory role of the NSW Minister for Health.

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Queensland Health

Queensland Health is a dynamic organisation committed to providing a range of services aimed at achieving good health and well-being for all Queenslanders. Through a network of 38 Health Service Districts and the Mater Hospitals, Queensland Health delivers a range of integrated services including hospital inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, community and mental health services, aged care services and public health and health promotion programs. 

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South Australian Department of Health 

The Department of Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, policy development and planning. We believe in health for all, with a focus on well being, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care. 

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Victorian Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services is Victoria's largest Government department and employs over 12,000 people directly and over 80,000 people indirectly through organisations such as hospitals and aged care facilities, ambulance services and community service agencies. 

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Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer is a national charity working to raise awareness of symptoms, promote early diagnosis and encourage open access to treatment choice for those affected by bowel cancer. Through our work we aim to save lives from this common cancer.

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British Colostomy Assocation

The British Colostomy Association is the national registered charity which represents the interests of people with a colostomy and which provides support, reassurance and practical information to ostomates and anyone who is about to have a colostomy.

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The British Ileostomy Association

IA, the Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group (formerly known as the Ileostomy Association of Great Britain and Ireland) is a mutual support group which has the primary aim of helping people who have had their colon removed.

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The International Ostomy Association

The International Ostomy Association, an association of ostomy associations, is committed to the improvement of the quality of life of ostomates and those with related surgeries, worldwide. It provides to its member associations information and management guidelines, helps to form new ostomy associations, and advocates on all related matters and policies. 

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The National Association for Chrohn's and Colitis

The National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease (NACC) brings together people of all ages who have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, their families and the health professionals involved in their care.

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The Urostomy Association of Great Britain

The Association was formed in 1971 as the Urinary Conduit Association to help people who are about to undergo or have undergone surgery resulting in diversion of the urinary stream. In 1984 the name was changed to the Urostomy Association of Great Britain & Ireland. 

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US National Osteoporosis Foundation

Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health.

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World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. 

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