Coloplast-OAS Healthy Lifestyle Exercise [3]

For the next segment of the workout video series, we are pleased to bring you 3 yoga videos that are suitable for ostomates.

Starting off in this video is Yin Yoga, a very slow form of yoga, low-impact and suitable for patients who are recovering from surgeries.

This is part of an exciting 12 video series in collaboration with ColoplastSG to promote active lifestyle and increase enjoyment of life.

*Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any concerns about your fitness, haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis.

Healthy Body, Healthy Peristomal Skin

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.

Register now by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/CP-OAS-1 or scan the QR Code below.

(1 CPE point will be awarded by SNB)

March-Care-OAS-Mailer

New segment – Letters from the Heart 💗

We are proud to announce a new segment featuring articles written by our very own members!

You can look forward to reading heartfelt stories of members’ experiences and even contribute your own.

The first article by our Vice President Joan Heng titled
My Encounter with Bowel (Intestines) Obstruction
is now available for reading.

You can find Letters from the Heart here.

Coloplast-OAS Healthy Lifestyle Exercise [2]

Following on to the Healthy Lifestyle Exercise series, we are proud to present our 2nd workout video for ostomates.

This is part of an exciting 12 video series in collaboration with ColoplastSG to promote active lifestyle and increase enjoyment of life.

*Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any concerns about your fitness, haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis.

Register for Befriending Training Programme

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:

  1. Understanding about the Responsibilities of a Befriender including Ethical Guidelines
  2. Building Self-Awareness as a Befriender
  3. Basic Competencies in Communication Skills
  4. Psychosocial Issues Impacting the Ostomate
  5. Caregiving from a Psychosocial Perspective
  6. Understanding Emotional States and Grief Issues
  7. 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).

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Forum

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.

Supplies for distribution

Dear member,

OAS has been collecting donated stoma supplies from members.  We have currently a list of 30 items available for distribution to the members.

Criteria:

  1. This is only available for OAS members.
  2. Each member can pick 25 pieces of multiple items (max 5 pieces of same item). 
  3. The selected items will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  4. We will acknowledge your request and we will send the items to you by March 2022.

Please use the Excel form to indicate your requestPlease send your request to admin@oas.org.sg, closing date: March 4, 2022 Friday

If you have any questions, please contact Joan Heng @98269625.