We concluded our very first exercise of direct distribution of ostomy supplies to our members.
A total of 26 members benefitted from this exercise. We would like to thank all the donors who have made this possible.
A big shout out to the volunteers drivers, who covered 3 zones and completed the distribution in two days! Also, our thanks and gratitude to the volunteer core team, and all volunteers for pitching in to make this exercise a successful one.
Look out for our email invitation and messages on our social media platforms to apply for products in our next distribution exercise.
Dear Ostomy Association of Singapore (OAS) members, Conjunct Consulting is commissioned by OAS to conduct a survey on ostomates experience. Your help is greatly appreciated as it will contribute to help OAS adapt its programmes to serve you better! The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete!
In our next Patient and Healthcare Education Series, our speakers will share their insights on maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the right ostomy appliance-change routine and the types of exercises that are suitable for ostomates.
While it’s important to have a healthy body and healthy mind, we should not neglect our peristomal skin health. By taking care of your stoma with a good change routine and doing suitable exercises, there is a good chance you can reduce some of the problems you might otherwise have had in relation to leakage.
The OAS will be running a Befriender Training Programme, which will be open to all Colorectal Patients and Caregivers, to provide them with a foundation for peer support efforts.
Introduction This befriending programme is opened to all Ostomates and caregivers who are able and willing to journey with other caregivers and Ostomates who are newly diagnosed or who would benefit from some time-limited support. Though the primary intention is for Ostomates and caregivers to support others, some may decide not to do so for personal reasons.
Course Structure The 30-hour course covers the following main topics:
Understanding about the Responsibilities of a Befriender including Ethical Guidelines
Building Self-Awareness as a Befriender
Basic Competencies in Communication Skills
Psychosocial Issues Impacting the Ostomate
Caregiving from a Psychosocial Perspective
Understanding Emotional States and Grief Issues
Staying Positive through Transformational Thoughts
These training workshops harness on the experiences of participants who are Ostomates or caregivers who have gone through their journey as patients. You are encouraged to share your experiences for the benefits of others.
Course Time-table for 2022
Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm Duration: 3 hours Note: Online Zoom Classes are on 2nd Wednesdays except for 20 Apr & 18 May (3rd Wednesdays)
Trainer & Facilitator The trainer and facilitator for this training programme is Dr Gilbert Fan, a Master Medical Social Worker with the National Cancer Centre Singapore. Gilbert’s specialty is in Oncology Social Work, Palliative Care and Grief Work.
The course is provided free-of-charge, and participants can register for the course by clicking on the button below (you will be redirected to the Google Form).
Leading up to Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM), the Ostomy Association Singapore (OAS) participated in a public forum to raise awareness of Colorectal Cancer. The topics of discussion included its prevalence (colorectal cancer is the top cancer among men and women combined), prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, management and advocacy.
The OAS is extremely heartened by our partners Coloplast Singapore and Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) for bringing the panel together. The panel included of a medical expert, Dr. Chew Min Hoe, from the Society of Colorectal Surgeons, an ET Nurse Clinician, Ms Esther Thng from WOCN, a young patient advocate and the OAS President Ellil Mathiyan Lakshmanan.
Currently, there is a lack of representation from the Healthcare System. To bring about effective change to improve the lives of Singapore’s ostomate community, a concerted effort from all stakeholders is necessary. The OAS is looking to build ties with the Healthcare System such as the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Agency of Care Effectiveness (ACE) to build a workable collaborative framework. This will grant patient organisations like the OAS much-needed access to resources for capability and capacity building.
In turn, this helps the OAS change the landscape to help the most important stakeholders – the patients living with the condition and their caregivers.