Seeding Stomal Therapy in Mauritus

Ms Sharon Boxall1,2,3, Mrs Elizabeth  English2,3
1Silver Chain, Toodyay, Australia, 2AASTN, , Australia, 3WCET, , International

Mauritius is a developing nation with a population of 1.26 million people. Ex-pat Mauritians living in Australia became aware of the work of Australian stomal therapy nurses in establishing a Stoma, Wound, Continence Program in Kenya and approached Elizabeth English to investigate options for postoperative wound and ostomy care education in Mauritius.  As a result Elizabeth English and Sharon Boxall visited Mauritius to run a  5 day programme wound and ostomy resource person course. There were 47 attendees. The program was funded by the Mauritian ex-pat charity COMMSSA- SACIM (Children of Mauritius Medical and Surgical Support Association – Society for Aid to Children Inoperable in Mauritius).  The success of this programme  will lead to further educational opportunities across Mauritius and ultimately a full Stoma, Wound and Continence program in a similar format to that run in Kenya 2013-2017.


Sharon Boxall is a Ph D Candidate at CUrtin University investigating skin characteristics related to chronic venous insufficiency. Since 2012 she has been a volunteer stomal therapy educator in numerous programs in Africa. She is currently working in Rural Serivices in the Silver Chain Group.


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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