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Introduces the student to the multifaceted role of the Stomal therapy nurse as well as well as providing a theoretical basis for clinical practice and competency development in stoma care. Normal anatomy and physiology and some common pathophysiology that may necessitate stoma formation are discussed. Students explore common medical and surgical treatments that can result in stoma formation. Finally, it examines principles of stoma care and management, thereby laying the theoretical foundations for the student to develop their clinical practice in this area. Clinical placement will occur during week 4-8 of term.

Principles of stoma care

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

PG unit of study






Tier 4

Clinical Placement Requirements

There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study. Each state and territory has its own documentation requirements. Any costs associated with clinical placement obtaining the correct documentation, uniform and travel costs are the student’s responsibility.

Prescribed text:

Colwell, JC, Goldberg, MT & Carmel, JE 2004, Fecal and urinary diversions: Management principles, Mosby Elsevier, Missouri.

Co-ordinated by: Kath Sharples MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Role of the Stomal therapy nurse

Identify and evaluate the variety of roles practices by stomal therapy nurses

Assessment 1 Quiz x 2



Theme 2: Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems and associated diagnostic tests

Develop effective methods for communicating with and teaching people with a new stoma, their carers and other members of the health care team

Assessment 2 Short answer essay (1500 words)



Theme 3: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions that may involve faecal diversion

Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary (GU) systems

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 4: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions of the genitourinary tract that may require urinary diversion

Describe and explain the significance of the most common diagnostic tests used for patients having stoma formation in the GI and GU systems




Principles of Stoma care management

Describe the pathophysiological changes associated with GI, GU and other disorders that may require a stoma




Professional roles of the Stomal therapist

Describe and draw simple diagrams of the surgical procedures resulting in different types of ostomies and continent diversions





Manage the pre-operative, post-operative and longer term care of patients undergoing stoma formation including physical, social and psychological aspects of care





Demonstrate an understanding of discharge planning





Discuss alterations to body image and psychological issues experienced by patients with a stoma





Critically analyse the various stoma appliances available and integrate this analysis into clinical practice




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.