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Kath announced 2018 WA Senior Australian of the Year

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Kath pictured with the 2018 WA Australian of the Year, Tracy Westerman and 2018 WA Local Hero Australian of the Year, Peter Lyndon-Jones.

The Award Announcment

The moment that Kath Mazzella OAM was announced the recipient of the 2018 WA Senior Australian of the Year Award on 23 November 2017, a dam burst. Our team, who have worked tirelessly to get Kath to the National platform so that the message of greater awareness and support for women’s health could reach the nation, were overflowing with pride and emotion.

Instantly, there was the recognition of the thousands of man-hours that have been sown into this work over the past 23 plus years of campaigning being acknowledged and respected. This went a long way to releasing the frustration of constantly banging on doors, but having them remain firmly closed. The first signs of a trickle of acceptance have started to appear and we are so excited!

As the dam of frustration bursts, Kath is keen to jump into the raging river of hope that is created through this Award process as she travels to Canberra in January 2018 to go head-to-head with Australia’s finest from around the nation.

So what do we hope to achieve through this process:

  • Greater community awareness of the millions of women who suffer from Gynaecological/Sexual and associated Mental Health challenges, providing them with a voice.
  • To start conversations around our nation about Gynaecological/Sexual/Mental Health and to recognise the ripple effect on our communities, in particular, men and the families of women who suffer.
  • To create a wave of excitement and to mobilise champions for the cause who will represent every city and region in Australia, who will instigate International Gynaecological Awareness Day events in their corner of the world, so we can spread the message of acceptance and hope to women and start these vital conversations that will lead to early intervention and healing.
  • For the partnership between the medical professionals and the community to be strengthened, so that we can have a deeper and more intimate communication and save lives through prevention, early intervention or best practice in treating these women’s health challenges.
  • To attract funding for this work so that the message can be heard on the global stage.

Kath would like to thank the hundreds of people who have phoned, emailed, posted on Facebook and other Social Media, commenting and showing their support.  You have no idea how much that wave of support means to Kath and to our team.

We await the next step in this journey, but in the meantime, if you would like to get involved, please email Kath now.  We need champions in every State and Region to step forward and take up the cause in their corner of the globe.

A special thank you to every person who has shared a post, booked or attended an event, or given Kath an opportunity to reach the community through their media outlet.  You have all played a part in Kath being recognised by this award and have helped Kath to achieve her ultimate goal of sharing the message with the masses.

Watch this space!  There is more to come.

Awards - Kath - Meagan- Hayley
Meagan (Kath’s daughter), Kath and Hayley Solich before the Award at Government House, Perth, WA.
Awards - Kath & Tony
A celebratory glass of champagne – Tony & Kath Mazzella at the 2018 WA Australian of the Year Awards Ceremony

2018 WA Australian of the Year Award Nominees Announced

I am proud to announce that I am one of the four Nominees for WA Division Australian Senior of the Year with the WA winner to be announced on 22 November 2017

https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll/?view=fullView&recipientID=1991

Conscious Living Expo 2017 GYN Health

Thanks to Patricia Hamilton and all her team at Conscious Living Expo 2017. We had a ball connecting with like minded people. X Kath Mazzella

Posted by Kath Mazzella on Saturday, 4 November 2017

Thanks to Patricia Hamilton and her team.  It was great to have the opportunity to share our GYN Health knowledge and to listen to some of the devastating stories especially young women enduring Polycystic ovaries and Endometriosis and many searching for answers and suffering in silence.  This only re-iterates the prime need for the International Gynaecological Awareness Day celebrations to not only give voice to these women, create a greater community education and support and most of all greater funding and research.  I encourage you to plan your event and help promote your business though the Gynae Awareness day 2018

King Edward Memorial Hospital Gynaecological Awareness Day 2017

I was honoured to be invited as a judge for the best Moulin Rouge themed decorated Ward for the International Gynaecological Awareness Day.  It is great to see KEMH celebrating for the fifth year to help share the knowledge and support the millions of Women with GYN health issues in the world.

Well what a GYNae week. It was raining undies at King Edward Memorial Hospital for women today where I was a judge of the best decorated ward. Great to see GAIN Inc. and Perth Endo Sisterhood Support group displaying their GYN health messages.

Posted by Kath Mazzella on Monday, 11 September 2017

A Clearer Message of Kath’s Mission

I have been asked many times in my journey what I am about.  In essence, what is Kath’s mission?

For some, they don’t see a clear message. Possibly this is because there are multiple messages that I am communicating to different target groups.

To clarify this lack of understanding, I have crafted this statement that gives a clearer overview of what I want to communicate.

My messages are:

1. For women who have not considered their GYN health, become more GYN health aware. Get your pap smears, visit your gps, ask the questions and don’t put off your GYN health. Be proactive.

2. For women who have recently discovered a GYN issue, be educated about your own body and confident to seek out the best possible help for your recovery journey. It’s your body, it’s your journey, own it and don’t be afraid to say no to something that you don’t think will get the best possible outcome for you.

3. For women who are in recovery from or living with a GYN issue, seek out other women who will understand your journey and be connected. You don’t have to sit in silence and suffer alone. Talk to people. Let them go on the journey with you and provide you with support.

4. For the broader community, be open to conversations on the topic of GYN health, gain your own knowledge and be more understanding and compassionate about the challenges women face. Corporates, Men, Schools, be open to talking about GYN health and helping to save lives and better support women with GYN challenges.

I have been on this journey now for 23 years, since my own operation. My message has always been the same. As a community we need to better understand the terminology, to break down the barriers so we can communicate openly and to save lives through being more aware of the risks, symptoms and treatments of GYN conditions.

I often speak about Vulvas and Vaginas and the difference. People don’t really understand why I am so passionate about this. They say, “but it’s only a word, kath.” But I say that it is more than just a word. It is a pervading attitude that has been with us for centuries that says that women are too dumb to understand correct terminology so it has to be dumbed down for them. But also that their sexual organs are in some way shameful (Pudendum: Latin meaning, female genitalia, one who should and out to be ashamed, the shameful part of a woman). I refuse to be ashamed. It might be just a word for some, but I am seeing the bigger giant sitting behind the word. It is time for women to step into their big girl panties and be educated. To celebrate all of who they are and demand respect.

The bottom line is, we can call our sexual organs all the pet names under the sun and I have a list for those who’d like to see it – there are many names!!! – but when you go to see your doctor, they identify that part of your anatomy by it’s real medical name.

Viva la vulva!

Kath Mazzella OAM

Grayland’s Women’s Mental Health Day Moulin Rouge GYN display