Ostomy Associations

Great Comebacks

The mission of is to provide information and inspiration to those facing the physical and emotional challenges of (Crohn’s disease and ), and .

Australian Council of Stoma Associations (ACSA)

Australian Council of Stoma Associations (ACSA) which represents, at a national level, the interests of all 22 regional Stoma Associations in Australia.


The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET)

A not-for-profit association for over 350 nurses specializing in the nursing care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence.

Friends of Ostomates Worldwide

FOW endeavors to improve the quality of life of people with ostomies and assist in educating their caregivers in countries where the latest technology is not available.

Friends of Ostomates Worldwide- U.S.A (F.O.W- U.S.A)

The Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA, Inc. (FOW-USA) is a volunteer-run, IRS-designated non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide ostomy supplies and educational materials to help ostomates in need around the world.

International Ostomy Association (IOA)

The , an association of ostomy associations, is committed to the improvement of the quality of life of ostomates and those with related surgeries, worldwide.

Ostomy Association of Boston 

OAB is dedicated to the complete rehabilitation of people of all ages who have had either an ostomy or continent diversion.

United Ostomy Association (UOA)

The United Ostomy Association ceased activities in September 2005.

United Ostomy Associations of America

UOAA is a national network for bowel and support groups in the United States. Its goal is to provide a non-profit association that will serve to unify and strengthen its , which are organized for the benefit of people who have, or will have intestinal or and their caregivers.

United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc.

The United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to assisting all persons facing life with gastrointestinal or urinary diversions by providing emotional support, instructional and information services through the membership, the family, associated caregivers and the general public.

The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCETN)

A non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of an internationally-based corporate identity for qualified Enterostomal Therapy nurses, the ongoing education of these nurses, and the extension of education related to the needs of individuals with ostomies, incontinence, draining wounds, fistulae and actual or potential alterations in tissue integrity.

Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 4000 nurse professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and continence problems.

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