Stomal and Peristomal conditions: Focus on peristomal skin

This session aims to explore some of the common and not so common stomal and peristomal ‘complications’ that stomal therapy nurses may encounter in their practice. It aims to assist the STN in assessment and diagnoses of the condition and consideration of options for management.

This session is designed to be interactive with participants and facilitator sharing their joint experiences. In fact participants are invited to bring along individual cases/experiences and the insights they gained in treating and management of a particular situation.


Carmen has been a stomal therapy nurse since 1986. Since then Stomal therapy nursing- (stoma, wound and continence) has become an integral part of her life.  Carmen has worked as a STN in private hospitals, public hospitals, in private practice and  in the community. She is currently employed by Omnigon as a clinical adviser and STN providing stomal therapy nursing services nationally.

In addition to working clinically Carmen is actively involved with the World Council of Stomal Therapy (WCET) and has been actively involved with the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses. She has published nationally on wound and stoma issues. Carmen has been involved in the education and training of nurses to become stoma, wound and continence nurses and has helped develop and direct educational programs in Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya and other countries.

Carmen is currently on both the Education and Norma Gill Foundation Committees of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapy.


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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