Mr. John O'Neill became an Ileostomate in 1966 as a
result of surgery for Ulcerative Colitis.
In 1975 when the Wanganui Ostomy Society was
formed he was elected its first President and he held
this office until 1991.
In 1980 was elected to the Executive of the
Federation of N Z Ostomy Societies, becoming
President in 1982 and held this position for 13 years.
He has been Treasurer since 1995.
Attended IOA Congresses
1985,1988,1991,1994,1997 and 2000
At the 7th Congress in Paris he was elected a Director
and Co-ordinator for Asia/South
Pacific. In 1991 elected Treasurer and re-elected in
1994 , 1997 & 2000
As the Co-ordinator for Asia was responsible for
bringing together the Associations to
form the Asian Ostomy Association in Hong Kong in
John is a member of the IOA Executive Council and
Strategic Planning Committee. Has been involved in
IOA projects,Not-for-Profit organization, Funding
Raising and Tariff
Reductions as well as being the co-ordinator for the
South Pacific for World Ostomy
Report 11. He is a Trustee of the IOA Charity.
His job description includes the financial matters of
the Ostomy International.
After completing his education, he worked in
Commerce for 13 years becoming a Chartered
Accountant. Since 1956 he has been on the family
sheep and cattle farm which has been owned by the
O'Neill Family for 97 years.
John and Jan have been married for 33 years and
have two daughters and one grandson.
John who was an elected member of the Wanganui
County Council for 18 years was awarded the Queens
Service Medal(Q.S.M.)in 1991 for services to New
John would like to hold Regional Meetings at which
the majority of the member Associations, Full and
Associate, in the Region are present. He would also
like to see the ISCAP programme up and running
Thank you John for all the work you have done for the Ostomy Community. .