They are a specialist nurse who has undertaken further study to address the needs and concerns associated with colorectal and bladder surgery.

Colorectal and bladder surgery are specialised areas of the general surgery units at Epworth. Surgical procedures may involve the creation of an opening, or 'ostomy', from either bowel or bladder onto the abdominal wall. The body's waste (urine or faeces) is collected via this ostomy into a disposable pouch. This may be permanent or temporary.

The need for a stomal therapy nurse may be related to ostomy construction, urinary or faecal incontinence, or wounds with or without tube insertion.

The stomal therapy nurse is also responsible for perioperative counselling to ensure that they are fully aware of the benefits of the operation and the essential facts about living with a stoma.

Patients and clients are provided with preventative, acute, rehabilitative and continuing care as required.

Referring to stomal therapy nursing

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do.

Our Find a Doctor directory allows you to contact an Epworth accredited specialist for your GP to refer you to.

A referral from your GP, a Specialist or other health professional is required to access most Epworth services and some can be called directly by the patient including our Allied Health Clinic, GP Clinic, Men’s Health Clinic and Jean Hailes at Epworth Freemasons as well as our Breast Services, Epworth Sports and Exercise Medicine Group and Epworth HealthCheck.

Read more: For GPs - Connecting GPs with Epworth.

Stomal therapy nursing at Epworth Eastern

Further information

Stomal Therapy Nurse

Epworth Eastern

Phone: 0418 869 991

Stomal therapy nursing at Epworth Geelong

Further information

Stomal Therapy Nurse

Epworth Geelong

Phone: 03 5271 7710

Stomal therapy nursing at Epworth Richmond

Further information

Stomal Therapy Nurse

Epworth Richmond, Epworth Freemasons, Epworth Rehabilitation

Phone: 0408 514 501


Epworth Geelong

  • 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
  • Emergency Department is open 24 hours

Epworth Richmond

  • 89 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Emergency Department is open 24 hours

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