WHAT IS COLOSTOMY XPLAINED?
Medical jargon can be confusing, but we take away that confusion through storytelling. Colostomy Xplained takes us on Robert’s journey of having a colostomy in an engaging, informative and entertaining story. Be sure to download your copy today.
Based on Robert’s story of
having a colostomy.
WRITTEN BY Professionals
Written by doctors in the field for up to date and correct information.
PEER REVIEWED BY EXPERTS
Reviewed by professors, specialists, nurses, The Australian Council of Stoma Associations and Bowel Cancer Australia to ensure accuracy.
INPUT FROM OUR COMMUNITY
Shared with a focus group of patients who have had a colostomy for first hand experience
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Robert was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. The outcome was a stoma positioned on the left hand side of his abdomen. He volunteers at the Ostomy Association of Melbourne where he initially found support and encouragement when he was first diagnosed. He has wonderful support from his family and partner and his own personal quote is “Learn to love your bowel” Robert is also now in his fourth year of recovery!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY EFFORT
A wide community contributed to Colostomy Xplained. The starting point being the story of Robert. From this, we involved medical experts, relevant medical bodies & institutions. The story was then peer reviewed & shared with a focus group of people with a colostomy to help evolve & optimise the content. Thank you to all involved!
Medicine X would like to thank their partners ACSA and Bowel Cancer Australia for their collaboration on Colostomy Xplained.
Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. Bowel Cancer Australia makes real change happen across the entire continuum of care.
Please support Bowel Cancer Australia to help save lives and to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with bowel cancer.
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Stomal Therapy Nursing is a specialised field of nursing that requires post graduate qualifications. Stomal therapy nurses provide counselling, education and clinical care for clients undergoing surgery along the gastrointestinal or urinary tract that may result in a stoma formation.
The Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses (AASTN) is a non- profit organisation that was founded in 1971 and currently has over 550 members. The main objectives of the AASTN are to promote, develop and maintain professional standards related to Stomal Therapy Nursing. The AASTN reviews stomal therapy nursing education programs to ensure courses meet the required standard and are continually reviewing educational brochures and resources related to the specialty that members and the public can access as required.
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The Australian Council of Stoma Associations Inc. (ACSA) is a National Body representing 22 ostomy associations throughout Australia. These associations provide personal support, care, information, encouragement, assistance and appliances to persons who, through radical surgery as a result of disease, injury, birth defect or other causes, have an opening in the abdomen (called a“stoma”) for the evacuation of products from the bowel or bladder.
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