Inaugural Hollister MSA Scholarship will facilitate first ever education pack for Australian schools with a student with a Mitrofanoff.

The winner of the inaugural Hollister Mitrofanoff Support Australia Scholarship is Ms Judy Wells who is a Stomal Therapist and Continence Consultant at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

The $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Hollister will enable Judy to develop the first ever Australian education package for schools that have a child with a Mitrofanoff stoma enrolled.

CEO of MSA, Janelle Solomon said “we were thrilled with the calibre of applications for this inaugural Hollister MSA Scholarship, however Judy’s education pack ticked all the boxes.”

“The education pack developed from this Scholarship  will make an important difference in the lives of the children who have had this procedure and are back at school.”

“It will be the first time that an education pack of this nature will be available in Australia to support children to settle back into school with the appropriate levels of support and understanding.”

The Scholarship will facilitate the development of a pdf booklet, video/podcast, competency checklist and a certificate of competency for use initially in Victorian schools. 

Hollister MSA Scholarship winner, Judy Wells said “I have worked in Stomal Therapy at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne for the last 30 years and during that time there have been more than 60 Mitrofanoff stomas fashioned for children.”

“Having made many school visits related to Mitrofanoff catheterization, I know there is a great degree of confusion in schools regarding school requirements, funding for assistance, who can do the catheters and where it can be done.”

“This education pack will demystify the Mitrofanoff and enable these kids to get on with enjoying learning and school rather than worrying about catheters.”

The education pack will support school staff, explain the long term care and implications of non-adherence to medical guidelines and assist the school with questions and potential problems. 

Mitrofanoff Support Australia is thrilled with the calibre of applications received but the expert panel overwhelmingly awarded the Scholarship to Judy Wells.

CEO of MSA, Janelle Solomon said “we would like to thank our panel of experts, who worked with us to select Judy’s project as our first ever Scholarship recipient.”
The education package will be made available through Mitrofanoff Support Australia’s website for e-learning.