Mr. Barry Maughan awarded Order of Merit June 5, 2017

Congratulations to Barry Maughan on being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in recognition of all the work he has done, and is doing, for Ostomates over the years.

Mr Barry Maughan has been actively involved in the Executive of the Federation of New Zealand Ostomy Societies since 1993 as Vice President, President and more latterly as Treasurer, on a voluntary basis.

During this time Mr Maughan has worked closely with Ostomates, Colorectal Surgeons, Stomal Therapists and the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ostomates receive the best possible care and support. His achievements have included sourcing funding for the New Zealand Ostomate Magazine and the development of support procedures for those who have undergone surgery. Since 2004 he has been an officer in the Asia and South Pacific Ostomy Association and the International Ostomy Association (IOA). As the International Coordinator of the 5th World Ostomy Day in 2006 he was responsible for coordinating the activities of 42 member countries. As acting President of IOA from October 2009 he ensured the working party, tasked with reorganising the structure of the international body, achieved this goal. At Frankfurt in November 2010, 44 member countries ratified the restructure. From then he was Chairperson of the IOA until December 2016. Mr Maughan has worked with Ostomates, Health Professionals and Ostomy appliance companies globally to establish ostomy patient support groups particularly in China, greater Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Blood, poop and tears ... and rising above it.

I say this with the utmost respect. The fact that you put yourself out there and talk about a lot of taboo issues with humour and intelligence is wonderful and inspiring. I personally believe that part of healing is not being mentally consumed by a condition. Clearly you are taking control OVER the disease as much as you can but still, I have to wonder if you can move post ibd, cancer and other significant cases. MANY people have their own issues too. I have several very close family members who have been near death and clawed their way back. I would do my best to think of myself as healthy and well and not diseased and uncured. (Anonymous)