The Federation of New Zealand Ostomy Societies (FNZOS) provides support for ostomates, that is those with a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy or associated procedures, within New Zealand.
We have support groups around the country, see the Local Support page. These provide a peer support network for ostomates and their families, and for people facing the prospect of this surgery.
We are fortunate in New Zealand to have Stoma Nurses within each DHB who cover the medical aspects, and who provide the support required before and when patients undergo surgery and subsequently as they get used to life with a bag. They are your first point of contact for support and follow-up.
If you would like to meet or chat with someone who's had an ostomy, the nurses can put you in contact with another ostomate, usually through the local support group, or you can contact the support group yourself. The groups support and complement the work of these nurses in providing links with others who have faced the same situation.
We have a booklet, Living With Your Ostomy, that can help you understand the procedures and how to subsequently get on with things.
17 March 2019 - Awards document: Awards
05 March 2019 - Registrations are open for the Conference: AGM & Conference
A Facebook group, OstoMATES NZ, has been set up for NZ ostomates. You will need to log in and request membership - details will only be available to members. Requests to join the group may take a while to process.
Ring 0800 611 116 for free 24 hour health advice - a service from the Ministry of Health
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