We Are Ostomates
There are approximately 7000 Ostomates in New Zealand!
Ostomy NZ (The Federation of Ostomy Societies NZ) represents, at a national level, the interests of 19 regional Ostomy Societies located throughout New Zealand.
Our focus is to help Ostomates and their families or caregivers. It is our goal to help them feel educated and empowered so they can lead a normal life.
All Ostomates in New Zealand living a full and confident life
Ostomy NZ work’s with member societies, individuals and families to promote quality of life for people with an Ostomy through education, support and advocacy.
Ostomy New Zealand was originally started by Ruth Wedlake who was the first Stomal Therapy Nurse in New Zealand. It was her vision to bring together Ostomates in a place they felt supported and understood. In 1972 the first national body was formed – NZ Council of Ostomy Associations and under this council it grew to 23 affiliated societies around New Zealand. During this time the National Body had a name change to the Federation of NZ Ostomy Societies and became an incorporated society in 1981. This body is now known as Ostomy New Zealand.