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VeganOstomy
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24/05/2017 3:12 am  

Someone had mentioned in a YouTube comment that because Australian ostomates get their supplies free from the government, there may not be many (any?) options to purchase supplies out of pocket. 

This obviously poses a problem for someone visiting the country.

Have any of you traveled to Australia and know where/how to get supplies if you're stuck?

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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VeganOstomy
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28/05/2017 1:33 am  

With the help of fellow ostomate (and Australian native), Luke Escombe, I was pointed in the right direction.

Here's some info from the Australian Council of Stoma Associations Inc.

Visitors from countries with reciprocal health agreements, and who have registered with and been accepted by Medicare Australia , may be eligible for normal benefits, including the subsidised issue of approved stoma supplies from any member of association of The Australian Council Of Stoma Associations. They will be required to become temporary members of that Association and pay the appropriate membership fee.

For more information on Australian Reciprocal Health Care Agreements click here. Visitors from these countries who have not obtained a temporary Medicare card, and visitors from all other countries may, at the discretion of an individual Association, purchase supplies from that Association at a price determined by that Association.

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Visiting Australia

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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