History of the Association

The Ileostomy Association of Victoria Inc., originally established as Q.T. Australia (Victorian Division), was the first ostomy group to be formed in Australia on 18 April 1957 at a special meeting held at the Federal Hotel in Collins Street, Melbourne.

The association originated under the guidance of Prof.E.S.R Hughes (the late sir Edward Hughes), a leading Australian surgeon and pioneer of bowel surgery in this country. Prof. Hughes was concerned at the difficulties being experienced by his ostomy patients in obtaining appliances that had to be imported, in the main, from Britain. By banding together, Victorian ostomates were able to import their appliances in bulk from the emerging ostomy manufacturers, thereby making them available at a lower personal cost.

The Commonwealth Stoma Appliance Scheme was not introduced until 1972 enabling all Australian ostomates to receive their ostomy requirements for an annual Access Fee payable to their association.

I.A. (Vic) Inc. is an approved not-for-profit organisation and is registered with the ACNC.