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….
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
HAPPY IGAD Day!! We hope everyone can share this special day by letting others know what it is over a chat or coffee.
Aims of International GYN Awareness Day are:
- To bring professionals and health consumers together for the betterment of Gynaecological / Sexual Health Awareness;
- To continue to share knowledge and experiences about gynae health/sexual health with the community in an effort to remove cultural and sexual taboos and build confidence within oneself;
- To raise awareness of gynaecological and sexual health;
- To provide information on specific gynaecological issues in an open and friendly forum.
In the past we have held events on September 10th to celebrate the day and hope to continue to do so in the future. Here are some photos from past events.
As part of Gynaecological Awareness Month we focus on the importance of raising awareness of gynae health issues & cancers. Most importantly, its about raising awareness and stressing the importance of knowing our own bodies. If something doesn’t feel right especially ‘below the belt issues’ get it investigated further & don’t take ‘NO’ for an answer, especially if you’re not feeling right, there is anything about your body that feels unusual or any sign or symptom that persists eg. abnormal bleeding or pain.
Everyday we hear stories of women who have all to often said that they went to a doctor and were told there was nothing to worry about or were given an incorrect diagnosis or given antibiotics. However, for many the signs & symptoms didn’t go away & based on their own intuition & persistence they seeked further medical advice & investigation. Most importantly they didn’t take ‘NO’ for an answer & luckily they didn’t as many women have been diagnosed with various issues & cancers. Their persistence & knowing their own bodies saved their own lives. In a very recent article 1st September 2015 in The Telegraph a 33 year old women noticed something was wrong with her body & thought it was a harmless infection. Through misdiagnoses & persistence eventually she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer.
Each year, on September 10th we celebrate International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD), which aims to raise awareness about gynae & sexual health & to remove the stigma associated with gynae health issues & cancers. We hope you can all spread the word to women everywhere to 1) raise awareness about gynae & sexual health; 2) seek medical advice & don’t take ‘NO’ for an answer if there is something not right or unusual with the way you are feeling or have any signs & symptoms; 3) have your annual health checks.