Travel & Insurance

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Ostomates travelling overseas should ensure that they take enough supplies with them to cover the duration of their stay as supplies cannot be sent by Associations to destinations outside of Australia. There may be times however when you need to obtain appliances during your travels and it is recommended that a list of associations or contacts within your destination country be carried with you in case of emergency.

A full list of associations may be obtained from the International Ostomy Association (IOA) website.

The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with some countries which means that, as an Australian resident, you may be eligible to receive assistance with the cost of medically necessary treatment, including stoma appliances if necessary, while travelling in Finland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium and Slovenia. It is highly recommended that travellers to these countries check eligibility and entitlement for supply prior to leaving Australia.

To access assistance through an RHCA travellers may need to provide local authorities with:
 - an Australian passport or other passport which shows you are a permanent Australian resident and
 - a valid Australian Medicare card.

It is important when seeking treatment that medical staff in the country you are visiting be advised that you wish to be treated under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia. For more information about Australia’s Reciprocal Health Care Agreements click here.

When travelling to a destination that does not have a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia, stoma appliances will need to be purchased. Unfortunately Medicare reimbursement cannot be obtained for the cost of stoma appliances purchased overseas.


STN Clinic

Janet Forsyth operates a clinic from ONL premises (Monro St entrance) on the second Tuesday of each month between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

This is a free service for members as a supplement to services available through hospitals.

Contact ONL on (02) 9542 1300 to make an appointment to meet with Janet.


Regional Member meetings

These are ostomate information and education days with representatives from NSW Stoma Ltd and Ostomy NSW, a Dietician, and STNs speaking; panel discussion; and trade displays.

UOA NSW Regional Meetings

These are ostomate information and education days with representatives from NSW Stoma Ltd and Ostomy NSW, and STNs speaking; panel discussion including local STNs; and trade displays.

Upcoming meetings:

Coffs Harbour – Friday 21st June 2019
Sawtell RSL Club, 38 – 40 First Avenue Sawtell NSW 2452 p: 02 66531577;
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(commencing at 10am until 3:30pm)

Tamworth – Friday 13th September
Venue: West Tamworth League Club (Wests)
Phillip Street, West Tamworth NSW 2340
(commencing at 10am until 3:30pm)



The Internet - Web sites can be a great source of general health and stoma related information, although some misinformation also exists. For individual health concerns, an STN or other health professional should always be consulted. However, here are some websites that may be of interest to ONL members.

Australian Council Of Stoma Associations Australian Association Of Stomal Therapy Nurses
Colorectral Surgical Society Of Australia & New Zealand Bowel Group For Kids
NSW Stoma Limited Narwee Baptist Creative Craft Group
Dept Of Health And Ageing Crohn’s & Colitis Association
Coloplast Convatec
Hollister Omnigon
Future Environmental Services BrightSky
Elijah Explains
Elijah Explains His New Ostomy
Ainscorp Elijah Explains
Living with an Ostomy (UOAA)
Dansac 3M
Between you and me