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NSWOCC Announces the launch of the Sharing Circle Website

With the aim to improve accessibility and healthcare for Indigenous people, the NSWOCC Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Core Program is excited to share a brand-new website dedicated to helping patients, NSWOCs, and other healthcare professionals access a directory of resources, education, training, and support related to Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health.

The “Sharing Circle” is now live and can be accessed online at Please feel free to share this with your colleagues.

As an ongoing project, we’re always looking to broaden our list of resources and links to share. If you have a great resource or tool that you think would be worth sharing with others, feel free to submit it to in order for us to obtain permission to use it on the Sharing Circle website.

Best regards,

The NSWOCC Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Core Program


NSWOCC Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health

About the Core Program

The Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Core Program brings together Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC®), Skin Wellness Associate Nurses (SWAN™) and key healthcare stakeholders working with Indigenous people who collaborate to identify key issues in the care delivery of wound, ostomy and continence for indigenous, including Inuit and Metis, people. By identifying key issues, this core program makes critical connections at the Federal and Provincial Government levels in order to raise awareness, address issues and improve patient outcomes.


  • Establish and maintain a committee with NSWOC® and SWAN™ representation and aligned key stakeholders who care for Indigenous people from all provinces and territories - include at least one indigenous patient and one pharmacists dealing with non-insured health benefits (15 to 20 committee members)

  • Attend monthly electronic meetings to engage and have meaningful discussions

  • Conduct annual Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results (SOAR) Analysis to identify issues and gaps

  • Develop strategies to address issues/gaps that have been identified

  • Build relationships with key Federal and Provincial Government authorities involved with Indigenous Health

  • Hold annual educational webinars to raise awareness around the need for equity in healthcare

  • Participate in a presentation at the NSWOCC National Conference in order to educate healthcare professionals on wound, ostomy and continence care delivery for Indigenous people

  • Develop and maintain a website to communicate wound, ostomy and continence information that will help to meet the needs of Indigenous people

  • Engage in research projects to improve the health of Indigenous people

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