For over 30 years the biennial WCET® Congress has played an important role in the development of the WCET®.

The WCET Congress enables the WCET® to address membership needs by providing an international venue for Enterostomal Therapy Nurses and other health care professionals to present and discuss clinical issues, new treatments and procedures. It also provides a venue for industry to present new products, enabling attendees to see the most up-to-date products and equipment. 

Since 1982, the WCET® has held a congress biennially. The congress has been held in a variety of locations across the globe, always with the intent of providing access to the WCET® in surroundings that provide an environment for discussion, debate and education.


Past WCET® Congresses

The first forum was held in Milan in 1978. At the time of the second conference, which was held in Düsseldorf in 1979, the WCET® membership had increased to over 130 members, representing 17 countries.

The third annual WCET® Congress was held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 1980. There were 300 delegates from 20 countries in attendance, prompting Norma N Gill, our founder, to exclaim "thereʼs no stopping now”.

At the WCET® Congress held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2008, there were 1296 attendees from 47 countries.

To date the WCET® congresses have taken place in:

  •  1978 Milan, Italy
  • 1979 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1980 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 1982 Munich, Germany
  • 1984 Transkei, Southern Africa
  • 1986 Perth, Australia
  • 1988 Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1990 Toronto, Canada
  • 1992 Lyon, France
  • 1994 Yokohama, Japan
  • 1996 Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1998 Brighton, England
  • 2000 Singapore
  • 2002 Florence, Italy
  • 2004 Florianopolis, Brazil
  • 2006 Hong Kong, China
  • 2008 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2010 Phoenix, Arizona, USA ; join Congress with WOCNS
  • 2012 Adelaide, Australia
  • 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden: Programme and abstracts book
  • 2016 Cape Town, South Africa:  Programme anabstracts book
  • 2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: abstracts book

Our Congress and Meetings Coordinator




Dee Waugh

[email protected]

South Africa