The COLOSTOMY ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA (CAV) is a not-for-profit, self-help group formed in 1959 to support ostomates in partnership with the Australian Federal government’s Department of Human Services and Medicare as a service provider of the STOMA APPLIANCE SCHEME.

The CAV supports ostomates, helping then to live integrated, productive and dignified lives in the community. The CAV offers two STOMAL THERAPY CLINICS each week. Eligible ostomates can make an appointment for a 30 minute consultation with a qualified Stomal Therapy Nurse.

Ostomates who pay the SAS FINANCIAL YEAR ACCESS FEE – $50 CONCESSION / $60 NON-CONCESSION to the CAV are then eligible to place monthly orders for stoma products with the CAV. The CAV will ensure that limits set for each product on the scheme have not been exceeded, then supply, for collection from the CAV premises, the products to which each ostomate is entitled under the scheme. The costs of the products and all costs associated with the ordering and collection of supplies are covered by the SAS.

OPTIONAL SERVICES such as DELIVERY are NOT covered by the SAS FINANCIAL YEAR ACCESS FEE and payment for those services must be made to the CAV BEFORE those services will be provided.

Our CAV volunteers are ostomates themselves or are carers for, or family of, ostomates, so they are fully aware how important the SAS is in every ostomate’s life. They volunteer to help others.

The CAV holds an ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING in the CAV rooms at 12 pm on the last WEDNESDAY of NOVEMBER. Agenda items are notified to members in the CAV QUARTERLY NEWSLETTERS.

The CAV is closed on all gazetted VICTORIAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS