Colostomy irrigation and ACE procedure

Ian’s interest in colostomy irrigation stems from the improvement in Quality of Life expressed by patients after learning the technique. Colostomy irrigation is a simple procedure to teach and learn and can be life changing as it re-establishes control over continence.

This session aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding colostomy irrigation and provide practical advice and evidence based education.

Antegrade Continence Enemas (the ACE procedure) will also be discussed.


Ian Whiteley is the Nurse Practitioner in Stomal Therapy and Wound Care at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, a position he has held since 2005. The Stomal Therapy Department coordinates the care of both in-patients and out-patients with abdominal stomas. The service includes a nurse-led out-patient clinic.

Ian has academic affiliation as a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Sydney Nursing School & Concord Clinical Medical School, Discipline of Surgery. He is a member of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses and is a preceptor for nurses undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing. He has published in national and international journals on a variety of topics.


This conference is proudly hosted by the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses:

One of the Association's major objectives is the promotion of quality care for a wide range of people with specific needs. These needs may be related to ostomy construction, urinary or faecal incontinence, wounds with or without tube insertion and breast surgery.

Patients/clients across the life span are provided with preventative, acute, rehabilitative and continuing care as required. Another objective is the maintenance and improvement of professional standards in relation to Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice to the highest degree possible. Recognition of the need for and encouragement of the development of specialist expertise in the field of Stomal Therapy Nursing underpins the Standards for Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice.

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