Stoma Appliance Scheme

The Stoma Appliance Scheme is a program funded by the Federal Government that enables ostomy Associations to provide stoma related products to their members.

The Scheme requires ostomates to become a financial member of one of Australia’s ostomy associations and to hold a current Medicare Card or a Department of Veteran Affairs Card in order to receive their products free of charge. The Scheme has monthly or annual limits on the number of items members can receive.

The Australian Council of Stoma Associations (ACSA) represents at a national level the interests of all Australian ostomy associations. It has primary responsibility for the operational management of the distribution of products under the Scheme. It is also responsible for monitoring the compliance of Associations with the Scheme requirements and guidelines.

More information about the Stoma Appliance Scheme and entitlements can be found here:

New Members

After surgery, a Stomal Therapy Nurse (STN) will assess your situation and chose appropriate stoma appliances to suit your needs. If you are to become a member of this Association, the STN will send your first order of supplies, and a completed membership application form, to IASA.

The Association will issue a Stoma Appliance Membership Card to you as proof of your entitlement to receive supplies under the Stoma Appliance Scheme.

As an ostomate you are not bound to continue using a particular appliance. However it is strongly recommended that you consult a STN before trying something new.

Membership Fees

An annual fee is payable in advance prior to the start of each financial year.

The fee includes a mandatory Stoma Appliance Scheme Access Fee which must be paid for a financial year in order to freely access appliances under the Stoma Appliance Scheme. The fee also includes an IASA Membership Fee to assist with the costs of other services the Association provides.

The Fees for 2020/2021 are:

  • Full Member $65 (SAS Access Fee $60 + IASA Fee $5)
  • Concessional Member $55 (SAS Access Fee $50 + IASA Fee $5)

To be eligible for a concessional fee, a member must provide a copy of a valid Centrelink-issued Health Care or Pension Card.

Stomal Therapy Nurse Clinics

Stomal Therapy Nurses are trained in ostomy care and can advise on stoma management and the correct use of stoma appliances.

The Association provides a STN Clinic as an additional service to those available from STNs in hospitals. The Association subsidises the cost of the clinic and the fee for a 45 minute consultation at the Clinic is $20.

The Clinic is held every Tuesday from 9am to 2pm and bookings must be made for an appointment. The last booking time is 1pm.

Members can also phone 0455 735 411 during business hours and talk to a volunteer STN.

Member Support Groups

The Association has an active and expanding peer support program through “Ostomy Support Groups”.

They provide an opportunity for members and their families and friends to meet in a welcoming environment to share their stories, to discuss their concerns and to listen to guest speakers.

Currently there are Support Groups in Metropolitan Adelaide, Southern Adelaide, Southern Fleurieu, Yorke Peninsula, Pt Augusta and Pt Pirie.

Metropolitan Adelaide Group meet on the 3rd Tuesday of alternate months commencing in January at 2pm at 73 Roebuck St Mile End. Contact Val Macey 0402 452 691

Southern Adelaide Group meet on the 1st Wednesday of alternate months commencing in February at 2pm at Elizabeth House 112 Elizabeth Road Christie Downs. Contact Sharmaine Peterson 0438 853 082 or Lyn Sandford 0421 000 960

Southern Fleurieu Ostomy Group meeting times are to be confirmed at Grosvenor Hotel Function Room, Ocean Street Victor Harbor. Contact Lyn Sandford 0421 000 960

Yorke Peninsula Ostomy Group meet on the 3rd Wednesday of alternate months commencing in February at 2pm at Moonta Senior Citizens Hall, Verran Terrace Moonta. Contact Helen Colliver 0419 839 869

Port Augusta and Beyond Ostomy Group meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm at Anglican Bookshop behind the Church, Church Street, Port Augusta. Contact Anne Wensley 0429 422 942.

Port Pirie Ostomy Group meet on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm at GP Plus Medical Centre, 50 Gertrude St, Port Pirie. Contact Jenni Edwards 08 8638 4536.

If there is no Support Group in your area and you would like to be part of one, please let us know.

Travelling with Your Stoma

You can access up to six month’s supply of appliances in advance, if you provide proof of your travel arrangements to IASA when placing your order.

You can find useful advice about travelling overseas here:

Practical things that need to be considered include:

  • Order your supplies early to ensure they arrive in time for your holiday
  • Consider that six months of appliances are bulky and may be heavy