A person who is likely to require a stoma is (ideally) seen
by a Stomal Therapy Nurse pre and post operatively and should also have regular reviews. Colorectal Surgery offers specialised clinics to patients, no referral needed. These clinics are conducted by our highly qualified Stomal Therapist Amanda Summers.
Amanda provides guidance and education to patients and their families who have had or are having surgery that may involve the formation of a stoma. She liaises with the patient’s surgeon, hospital, their hospital Stomal Therapy Nurse, and community agencies involved in the patient’s care, thus ensuring continuity of care for the patient. Amanda's core focus is around patient and family counselling and education, direct patient care, advocacy and research.
Amanda runs the Stomal Therapy Clinic in our rooms at North Adelaide, she also conducts monthly clinics at The Ostomy Association of South Australia at Kidman Park. The cost to see a Stomal Therapist is non-rebateable from Medicare or Health Funds. Appointments are for 1 hour in the first visit and half hour for subsequent visits.
Amanda completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia in 2009. She commenced her nursing career and worked across many nursing fields until she found a special interest in colorectal nursing.
In 2012, she completed her Stomal Therapy Nursing Certificate and has worked as a Stomal Therapy Nurse since. Amanda joined the Colorectal Surgery in 2017.
Amanda provides pre and post-operative care to patients
that experience stomal surgery, reviews patients that experience any concerns with their stoma and also provides wound reviews and wound management.
Twice a month Amanda also runs the Stomal Therapy Clinic at the Ostomy of South Australia.
A big highlight for Amanda was in 2019 where she was offered the opportunity to share her Stomal Therapy skills volunteering in the Solomon Islands with Prof Peter Hewett and looks forward to may more volunteering trips in the future.
Amanda is an active member on the Australian Association Stomal Therapy Nurses South Australian branch and also the Continence Foundation of Australia South Australian branch.
A stoma is a surgically created opening acting as an exit for stool and/or urine.
The word "stoma" comes from the Greek language meaning a mouth or opening.
There are 3 main types of stomas – colostomy (large colon), ileostomy (small colon) and urostomy (bladder).
Stomas can be permanent or temporary.
Patients with stomas work, exercise, play sport, socialise, and maintain regular relationships. Mostly there are a few diet changes and change of toilet routine otherwise general public would not know who has a stoma.