Become an ORP

Ostomy Resource Person course November 2018

Who can be an ORP?

RNs, ENs, Care Workers and Industry Representatives. If you have basic knowledge in stoma and wound care, here is an opportunity to further your skills and knowledge.

The Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses of South Australia (AASTN) are conducting a 3-day program on stoma care for Ostomy Resource Persons.

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A part time, job share position is available in Hustville Private Hospital

Hurstville Private is an acute Surgical/Medical 167 Bed Hospital, consisting of 7 operating theatres, 2 Catheter Laboratories, a renowned Maternity Unit and Level 2 Intensive Care (ICU) and Coronary Care Units (CCU). Specialties include complex Orthopaedic trauma, Urology, Colorectal, Plastic, Bariatric, Gynaecology, General and Dental surgical procedures.

Working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team your role will be responsible for the education, ongoing coordination and management of patient’s requiring ostomy formation. Sydney Colorectal Associates private rooms are on site so within the role you will develop a strong relationship with consultants and be involved closely with their patients in both stomal therapy and continence.
Ongoing education of staff and involvement in quality improvement strategies is an important component of this role.

Essential Qualifications

  • Current AHPRA registration
  • Minimum 5 years post graduate experience in colorectal surgery and/or stomal therapy and wound care
  • Proven leadership skills and an ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary framework with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in nursing practice.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to apply clinical expertise in client-centered consultancy with the ability to work independently.
  • Abillty to manage complex clinical care and service delivery issues and problem solve through the development and use of clinical management plans.
  • Ability to contribute to strategic and clinical service planning.
  • Demonstrated involvement in the development/change of clinical practice underpinned by evidence based practice.

Proven skills in clinical teaching, the identification of education needs in the clinical area, and competency in the use of contemporary information systems.

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevent Post graduate qualifications or working towards the same.


Trish Doherty
Stomal Therapy and Wound Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Hurstville Private Hospital
For further details I can be contacted:
37 Gloucester Road, Hurstville NSW 2220, Australia
T +61 2 9579 7865  F +61 2 9570 7466
E trish.doherty@healthecare.com.au

Elizabeth English WCET Mio Scholarships 2018

The votes are in and the winners are annouced. Congratulations to:

  1. Brenda Ritchie
  2. Julia Kittscha
  3. Sarah Axman Friend

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Patient Information brochures have been reviewed, especially by consumers

New pamphlet: Travelling with a stoma

Seven recent pamphlets available:

  • Colostomy reversal
  • Ileostomy reversal
  • Handy hints for the person with a faecal stoma
  • Handy hints for the person with a urinary stoma
  • Colostomy irrigation
  • Prevention and management of dehydration in adults
  • Rehydration solutions

Consumer Feedback form available

Patient Education Pamphlets

Colostomy Xplained written by doctors, for patients

Many of you would already be familiar with this initiative by Medicine X working in conjunction with a colorectal surgeon, stomal therapy nurses from the AASTN and ostomates from ACSA. It’s an innovative information resource making surgery and treatment considerations of ostomy surgery easier to understand for the 42,000 Australians living with a stoma.

Colostomy Xplained uses an interactive swipe-through story format to follow the journey of a real life patient, and explain surgery and treatment considerations, alongside the role of patient support networks for Australians.
Dr Kim Chilman-Blair, Founder and CEO of Medicine X, the organisation that worked with Robert to tell his story, believes that storytelling is the best way for patients to understand and retain information in order to make serious decisions about their treatment.

“Around 80 per cent of medical information provided by doctors is forgotten straight away. Colostomy Xplained is designed to fill these gaps in a creative and powerful way,” said Dr ChilmanBlair, founder of Medicine X.

Available online at www.colostomyxplained.com.au, on Google Play, iTunes or on a USB-Card, Colostomy Xplained features the story of Robert, a retired retail business owner and grandfather of six. The story follows Robert’s journey of having ostomy surgery, from initial confusion of diagnosis, to the initial struggles to find how to live a life full of possibilities.

Healthcare professionals can order Colostomy Xplained USB-Cards and flyers free of charge by visiting www.colostomyxplained.com.au/usb-order. There will be a link to the app on the AASTN website soon.

Orders are unlimited and there is no cost to clinics or patients. For further information on Colostomy Xplained please visit www.colostomyxplained.com.au

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This initiative has been kindly sponsored by ConvaTec.

Stomal Therapy Cover availability

I am Margaret Fan, a new member.
I live in Victoria, so I can cover who working in the city, Western and Northern areas.
I am able to cover anyone on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays if you need a short break.
I am good at stoma care and wound care, not practiced incontinence or breast care.
My contact phone is 0433-281-052 and email is jason.gtofood@gmail.com.

If you have a Stomal Therapy Nursing related event and want it placed on this Noticeboard please send details to Sally Lundborg Email: sally.lundborg@sa.gov.au  for consideration by the AASTN National Executive.

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