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Community newspaper Gynaecological Health awareness article

Morley gynaecological health advocate ready to spread message at Australian of the Year Awards

National Rural Health Alliance Partyline

Below is article appearing in March edition of Partline to online magazine for National Rural Health Alliance.

It is hoped that this will reach far and wide to rural communities.  It would be great for all to encourage their networks to celebrate the Gynae Awareness day in their corner of the world.

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Support International Gynaecological Awareness Day on 10 September

  • Wongan Wobblers high tea

Wongan Wobblers high tea

International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD) brings communities together and raises awareness of a serious topic through an element of fun. Download the IGAD kit at  to help you organise an ‘Undies for Better Understanding’ event in your local area, encouraging women to speak out.

After my radical gynaecological cancer treatment, I soon realised millions of women, including country women, have gynaecological health issues but do not have a voice. I set out as an advocate for greater recognition of gynaecological and related mental health needs. These issues are poorly understood by many professionals, the community and women’s groups. We need to improve the knowledge and attitudes of the community at large with greater education and, most of all, support women and men standing alongside their women: wives, partners, mothers, sisters, daughters, work colleagues.

Undies quilt by Perth Modern Quilters
Undies quilt by Perth Modern Quilters

The Perth Modern Quilters created a quilt to assist me to help break down barriers and stigmas. When showing the quilt to the Country Women’s Association, Western Australia I was invited as a guest speaker at their 90th conference. This led to doing many country presentations and undies workshops. There is much laughter during these workshops as they allow women to sit around with each other, share their stories and have great conversations while making their undies. It helps them to be able to converse more openly next time they approach their health practitioners and to create greater dialogue between mothers and daughters and lessen the stigmas that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

I was born in Kalgoorlie, WA. I founded the Gynaecological Awareness Information Network Inc. in 2001. As a health consumer, a survivor and a thriver I am seeking support and action for International Gynaecological Awareness Day.



Featured on the cover of Golden Pen Magazine’s Resilience Issue

I am so excited to be featured on the front of online magazine, Golden Pen.  The issue is on the theme of Resilience and Hayley Solich, Publishing Editor, has covered both my story, International GYN Awareness Day, GAIN Inc and GAIN’s Ambassador, Perth Lord Mayor, Hon Lisa Scaffidi.

Special thanks to the Golden Pen Magazine team for this honour and for helping me to spread my message.  Here is a preview of the article. You can pick up a copy from the Golden Pen Magazine website.  It’s a great magazine full of inspirational stories, so check it out.

Cover of MagazineKath's Article for GPM

Featured in Finally at 40 Magazine

I was thrilled to be featured in the Finally at 40 Magazine, Autumn edition 2010.

Special thanks to Hayley Solich, Feature Writer for Finally at 40, who wrote the article and took the photos of me.  I really appreciate your ongoing support, Hayley.

You can purchase your copy of Finally at 40 Magazine at a newsagent near you.

Here is an excerpt from the article…

…When most women are stepping into the prime of their life – embracing the newfound sense of themselves and the opportunities that maturity and life experience brings – Kath Mazzella was stepping into dark days. She was an ordinary thirty-nine year old woman – working, with teenage children, and a partner – whose world was literally turned upside down.

Discovering a lump on her vulva, Kath did what most women would do and went to see a doctor. Over a period of eighteen months, two GP’s and two gynaecologists assured her that it was common to have lumps “down there” and not to worry about it. However, because she had a family history of cancer – her father had died of lung cancer in 1988, and both her mother and sister have both had breast cancer – she insisted the lump be removed and tested.

“It was my mum that got me thinking,” Kath reflects. “I told her about the lump and she said that lumps on your body anywhere are not normal. So I decided to listen to my mum and to my own intuition and I’m glad I did because it saved my life…”