When Catherine Aurubind had a routine hysterectomy in 2004, she was not prepared for years of excruciating pain that felt like her insides were full of crushed glass. Press here to read the story published in The West 27th Feb 2017….
It’s been a manic 5 years since having kids and running GAIN Inc. While its been an amazing experience being involved in GAIN Inc. and being Chair, the time has come for me to step down as Chair and the GAIN Inc. committee. As most of you know, life with toddlers, running a household and now the decision to go back to work will keep me more than busy, which is both exciting and overwhelming to say the least.
So the time has come to say goodbye, however, there are many people to thank. Firstly I’d like to sincerely thank the committee, members and sponsors past and present who have continually supported GAIN’s work and drive to help raise awareness of women’s gynae and sexual health and cancers. This has been achieved through seminars, support groups, events such as high teas and wine and cheese nights to name a few. Without the support GAIN Inc. would cease to exit. However, as we all know we need to continually support and help raise awareness of such issues to help break the silence of issues down under. Some women have been fortunate to never experience a gynae health issue but for many the pain, trauma and embarrassment continues to prevail. As women, we need to support each other and help each other though such issues.
Secondly, I would like to warmly thank Kath Mazzella, the founder of GAIN Inc. who continues to speak out for women and raise awareness on women’s gynae health and cancers. Kath continues to work tirelessly advocating for women’s gynae health and cancers along with her husband Tony who continues to support her. Kath’s passion, drive and persistence is beginning to see breakthroughs in the way communities are responding to women’s gynae and sexual health issues nationally and globally. Each year we continue to celebrate International Gynae Awareness Day on 10th September.
Thirdly, I would like to sincerely thank A/Prof. Graeme Boardley (Executive Director of Midwifery, Nursing and Patient Support Services, Women and Newborn Health Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital, and the co-lead for the Womens and Newborn’s Health Network) and The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi who is the Ambassador of GAIN Inc. for their continued support to GAIN Inc. throughout the years.
Two extraordinary women, namely Catherine Aurubind (former Chair of GAIN) and Vanessa Watson (Gynae nurse) and who both continue to endure chronic pelvic pain will be taking over positions as Chair and Vice Chair respectively. Both Catherine and Vanessa currently run the pelvic pain support group at the GAIN office in Subiaco.
In closing, I wish the new committee and GAIN Inc. the very best in spreading the word and raising awareness of gynae and sexual health.
As we say, ‘Onwards and Upwards’.
Best wishes, Tina
Tina Schiavello, PhD
GAIN Inc. Chair
A sausage sizzle fundraiser for GAIN Inc. and funded by SAGE Foundation will be held on Tuesday 6th December 2016 at Bunnings Innaloo 8.00am-4.00pm. It is organised by Catherine Aurubind. Looking for volunteers to help, even if only for a few hours. If you have a little spare time and can help please contact Catherine on 0406 333 735.
The GAIN AGM will be held on Monday 28th November at 6.00pm at the GAIN office.
A profound interview with Channel Nine, Catherine Aurubind (former President of GAIN Inc.), talks about how she was treated with botox to relieve significant nerve pain following a routine vaginal hysterectomy. Catherine was diagnosed with Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE) and now runs the chronic pelvic pain support group here in Perth, WA along with Vanessa Watson (also a sufferer of PNE sufferer). Catherine is the Director/Australian Representative of HOPE (Health Organisation for Pudendal Education). For more information on chronic pain listen to the video from the recent 2016 pain symposium on our homepage.
An event just for women. 11 guest speakers, 5 health and wellness workshops, entertainment, lunch and 3 course dinner. Our founder, Kath Mazzella, OAM will be a guest speaker at this event. Click here for more details.
If you or anyone you know is living with pain, then this will be a great symposium & forum to attend in March 2016. There will be some leading pain management experts talking about various pain issues & management as well as consumers living with pain. You can register online at www.trybooking.com/168559
Where has the time gone? This year has certainly gone fast as we are nearly approaching the festive season. Well, over the past months we have been focusing on various aspects of GAIN, namely administration & social media. However, we would really appreciate if you can support GAIN by sharing your stories/experiences with us. We know gynae health is something women don’t often discuss with eachother & don’t always know who to ask or turn to. Most women we speak to have more than one issue & when often asked about their issue they often say, ‘we thought the pain is just normal & something you just live with’ or ‘I can’t talk about that, its to embarrassing’. This isn’t the case at all. By sharing your own personal experience, this will help us help others & help breakdown any stigma or taboo. All information such as name & other relevant information can be kept confidential. You can share your story by submitting the Share Your Story form on the home page or you can email me.