Welcome to the United Ostomy Association of Canada Website!
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, experienced and practical help, instructional and informational services through its membership, to the family unit, associated caregivers and the general public.
Our next conference is in St. John's Newfoundland from July 31 to August 2, 2014. For more information and registration forms, click here.
We want the Ontario government to increase the coverage for ostomy supplies back up the the 75% level that was set in 1993, and to increase coverage to include people who have a temporary ostomy.
Although inflation has risen almost 37% in the 21 years since 1993, and with the cost of ostomy supplies rising, on average, 2% yearly, there has been no increase in the ADP base amount. According to the 2009 survey, the data indicates that the average ostomy pouching system wear-time (flange and pouch) is 5 days. With an average suggested retail price of $15 for each change, many persons with an ostomy are spending a minimum of $1,095 and an average of $1400 per year, far exceeding the ADP grant and the intent of the 75% coverage. Additionally, people with a temporary ostomy receive no government support, adding an additional burden to their health care needs. While they may have their temporary ostomy for a number of years, they receive no assistance through the ADP Grant as the ostomy may one day be reversed. The Association frequently receives phone calls from people who are unable to find the money to buy ostomy supplies.
Please help by signing the petition that is available at all participating ostomy retailers. If the local ostomy retailer does not have one, you can download a copy here: Download the paper version of the petition here.
Our friends over at The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) have developed a new program on their website called "Find An ET Nurse". Click on the image below to go to their site.
This site is designed to provide information about UOAC and its services. By
joining together, we will enhance the quality of life for ourselves and
for others who have had or will have bowel or bladder diversionary
surgery. We encourage you to contact a local support group in your area. For an online map of chapters and districts, click here. You can type your postal code in the bottom right hand search box to locate your city or town and then zoom in to find your nearest chapter or satellite.
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You can now donate to the United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. through CanadaHelps.org. Click on the image below:
You can now donate to the United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. through PayPal. Click on the Donate button below:
The United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. has created a Traveller’s Communication Card for your use. It can be downloaded on this page, or you can ask the office for a copy. Download the Travel Passport by clicking here.
We publish a monthly newsletter to keep members informed of the latest information. For the latest news about the UOAC, read the April 2014 newsletter. To read the last three issues of the UOAConnection, click here.
For an online map of chapters and districts, click here. You can type your postal code in the bottom right hand search box to locate your city or town and then zoom in to find your nearest chapter or satellite.
Submissions of articles: inspirational stories, struggles, triumphs,
travel, unforgettable moments, family - whatever story you have to tell
we would like you to submit.
Content is only as good as the submissions received. Without submissions, there is no magazine.
All submissions are welcomed and appreciated and should be sent to the editor: Lisa Gausman via the UOAC office by email or mail. For more information, view this page.
Paul Riome has a colostomy and is from Saskatoon and he embarked on a 36 day trek to Nepal starting October 6, 2012 and wants to share his experience on our website. Follow Paul & Gastronaut Hogus on their trek to Nepal here.
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