Since the first APETNA conference in 2003 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia the practice of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing in the Asia-Pacific region has demonstrated significant growth with increases in the number of World Council of Enterostomal Therapy Nurses (WCET) recognised education programs in the region and a substantial growth in qualified enterostomal therapy nurses (ETN).
Consequently, the quality of care and service for patients with wound, ostomy and continence has improved. These ETNs and other health professionals working in the field of stoma wound and continence nursing seek professional development opportunities to update and refine their knowledge, skills and practice. it is essential for ETNs to stay current and share the latest in evidence based practice.
By combining the biennial APETNA meeting with the 3rd JIEM (Joint Effort Indonesian and Malaysian) scientific meeting and the 3rd ISMWOC (Indonesian Scientific Meeting of wound ostomy and continence nurses) it is expected that there will be a massive knowledge sharing among ETNs in Asia Pacific region. Considering cultural variability and different political situations among Asia Pacific countries, it is important to develop a mutual understanding about each country’s unique characteristics, which may enable ETNs to develop a broader perspective in shaping their practice.