The impact of stomal therapy nurse clinics on appliance usage

Dr Vicki Patton1, Mrs Elizabeth English
1Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hillarys , Australia

Aims: To assess the impact of the stomal therapy nurse visit on stoma appliance useage

Methods: Australian ostomates are very fortunate to have access to the Australian appliance scheme.

Patients were approached when they attended the stomal therapy clinic for follow-up or ostomy association for supplies. Patients were asked to complete a survey to elicit appliance usage before and after stomal therapy nurse consultations.

Results: Descriptive statistics and thematic analysis were used to analyse the results, which will be presented.

Discussion: There is a paucity of data around how the stomal therapy nurse clinics impact on the ostomate’s usage of appliances.  This study should give some insight into the economic effect of these clinics in relation reducing the cost burden to the appliance scheme.


Elizabeth English has retired from the Royal Adelaide Hospital after 34 years as a Stomal Therapy Nurse and is now working in the Ileostomy Association of SA Stoma Clinic.  She continues as Team Leader for the WCET AASTN Australia: Kenya Twinning Project and is currently involved with developing Stomal Therapy Nursing in Mauritius.



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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