Be kept informed

Subscribe to Kath's informative newsletter

* indicates required

Another IGAD, Another Wonderful Year of Campaigning

Since IGAD 2015, a lot of wonderful highlights have transpired, so here they are in a nutshell.  Scroll down to see the gallery of images from events.

  • Display at NIFNEX Expo. Met Thyda and she is now putting together a vulva art exhibition.  Also met Shoma from Qerac Health Communications and was invited to be the opening speaker at a Medical Seminar.
  • Qerac Healthcare Communications Medical Seminar – Introductory speaker sharing with doctors about how we can all walk the same path to make it easier for doctors and women when consulting.  It appeared to me that there is gap in GPs training in Gynaecological and Sexual Health and related Mental Health issues.  As women we need to make more noise about women’s health, so we can demand a higher level of education for doctors and the community.
  • Associate Professor Graeme Broadley delivered a speech at King Edward Memorial Hospital and suggested that he would encourage other women’s hopsitals to follow the King Edward Memorial’s four year example of celebrating GYN Awareness Day.  He showed great interest in my Gynaecological paper talk and spoke of how he may be able to utilise this for education in the community.
  • Tony and I are meeting with WA Primary Health Alliance to find new ways to promote Gynaecological Health in the community instead of just being behind the closed doors.
  • Soroptomist Albany joined us in celebrating with a Gynaecological Awareness stand in Albany and also donated a copies of my book, Not So Secret Women’s Business to the library.
  • The West Australian Regional Soroptomist International distributed my Paper Talk at their meeting in Perth and they also held a discussion about Gynaecological and Sexual Health awareness in celebration of IGAD.
  • Presented to 800 quilters at two separate meetings. Have received five quilts/wall hangings, which are absolutely fabulous.  I have been given permission to donate these to public venues who will display the quilts and take advantage of the opportunity to spread the word.  If you know of an appropriate place for them to be displayed, please contact me.  The President of the Quilters Association was very excited for her group to be able to contribute to the campaign, to raise the level of conversation around awareness in their own community and to lead the way for other arts/craft related groups to get behind this message.  The quilts are very visual and a vital part of the visual message and I am so grateful for their contribution.
  • Presented at the Women’s Health Centre in Bunbury.  I always find it interesting when I present, as I often find other advocates, who, like myself when I started out 20 years ago, are filled with passion but also with pain.  Sometimes they are filled with the fear of not knowing where to turn to, who to speak to, what to do and how to go about it.  I met such a young woman there who was determined to find a way.  I appeal to all women to keep an eye out for such women, filled with passion and pain.  It is through their compassion because of their pain, they are able to fast track this for other women so they don’t have to go through this, so this message can be heard.  I found a way for her to speak for 5 minutes on her vision and her desire to be heard and it was so rewarding to see her share.
  • Display stand at the Notre Dame University for the Pelvic Pain Seminar, where I sat with pride to watch a past president of GAIN Inc, Catherine Aurabine, who had moved on to greener pastures with her pelvic pain passion.  Also, presenting was Vanessa Watson, another past member of GAIN Inc, who had joined forces with Catherine and they now work together to improve the lives of women with pelvic pain.  I stood loud and proud.  I was totally amazed at the suffering that was shared by doctors and the women.  But I knew that for something to change, we need to come together and make a noise.  We can go from seminar to seminar, but it will be a long process if we don’t come together.  That is my wish for International Gynaecological Awareness Day.  To use the advantage of joined forces for our combined voice to be heard.
  • I am pleased to say I am going to Melbourne in November for a meeting with a large corporation to discuss with their team about how I can use my voice with their company to progress further with women in business and Gynaecological awareness.  Given the time between now and November I am planning to encourage other women leaders who can see the light in your work as to how it can empower women in their workforce.
  • I have a great opportunity to connect with the Country Women’s Association  in Melbourne to encourage their members to place the 10 September 2017 IGAD on their agenda and to encourage their country women to join the Undies Quilting campaign and to keep the conversation going.
  • I am presenting in Nungarin this week.  Whilst passing through Dowerin we will be delivering as requested 60 pairs of packs of undies.  This shows word is getting around.
  • I have been liasing with a  Brisbane Doctor who wants to order some Paper Talks.  Image of the Paper Talks is below.  I admire his passion, as he is dealing with these women who are suffering in silence and he wants to make a difference.  He is a Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health Specialist.  I just love his openness  and how he is willing to embrace the community voice in his work.  I plan to go to Brisbane some time next year and I hope to encourage him to partner with me to conduct a forum – with him as the Medical Professional and me as the Community Advocate.
  • I am pleased to say I had a stand at the Health Ed Seminar where pharmaceutical companies had their displays.  My display was quite unique, with quilts and undies, much to the confusion of some.  Many doctors came up to find out what it was all about.  Whilst there I listened to the amazing Dr Rosie King, Sexologist.  I met Rosie when I presented at the World Sexual Health Conference in 2007, where she discussed back then the stigma around the vulva.  Again, at this seminar she still spoke about the stigma and showed graphic pictures of what can happen to the vulva if we don’t take care of it and understand it.  What I wouldn’t have done to have stood next to Rosie on the stage, her as the medical professional and me as the voice of the women with vulval conditions, to create a powerful impact.  Listening to these professionals speaking, I felt inspired to go harder because I realise there is much to be done for the education and awareness of women in the community.
  • Presented to the Albert Schweizer Fellowship in Houston, Texas.  I first met Dr Gabrielle Morrissey when she invited me to speak at the Forensic Sexology at Curtin University.  I was scared out of my wits, but Gabrielle believed in me back then and still believes in me now.  Hence, while I was visiting my daughter in Dallas, at Christmas, Gabrielle invited me to speak at the Albert Schweizer Fellowship where she is the Director.  I love working with people like her who are open, honest, truth speaking and open to you when you are a consumer.  I know where she gets this from.  One just has to take a look at her famous mother, who is a famous writer.
  • Whilst in Dallas I presented to the Zonta Dallas and was invited to present to young women living away from their families.
  • I presented to girls at a private school in London where I shared the Undies for Better Understanding Workshop.  The teacher told me that the students concentrated on subjects not related to health, so these 16-18 year old girls were pretty much in the dark about their Gynaecological and Sexual Health.  What a sad situation and a great opportunity.  This made me wonder why women’s organisations are not speaking up about this lack of education.
  • Interviewed by Cornwall Radio for an hour.  I was interviewed my a male radio presenter, who totally agreed with everything I said.  i.e. the lack of education around this topic.
  • Congratulations to King Edward Hospital celebrated their hundredth year and were featured in the West Australian newspaper. This included information about the International GYN Awareness Day and showed photos of the nurses holding undies.
  • I supported Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week  when the Director, Janet Mickelfore, her daughter and son, came to Perth to distribute pink elephants and information in the Murray Street Mall in Perth.  Celebrated with Jean Hailes their recent receipt of $8 Million to research women’s health.
  • I also had a display at the Chem Mart Morley Chemist and  at Chappels Tea House in Maylands in celebration of IGAD.
  • On IGAD we celebrated with an Afternoon Tea event at the International on the Water Hotel.
  • IGAD will also be celebrated this Wednesday CWA Nungarin where I will be presenting and I have seven women parading with the GYN body bits and chanting the GYNAE MIGHT song.  The CWA Nungarin contacted me today and she was in the process of making the love heart undies biscuits that will be decorated as part of the celebration on Wednesday, where the women will decorate the undies biscuits.
  • I will be presenting at the Cancer Support Association on 21 September and at the Endometriosis Support Group on 2nd October, 2016.  These are golden opportunities and also show that the community is developing interest in the topic.

And the year is not over yet!


Reader Interactions


  1. Superb post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Bless you!

  2. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will
    forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will
    have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative
    in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us
    useful information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  4. Good day! I know this is kind of off topic but
    I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m
    looking at options for another platform. I would be great if
    you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  5. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to
    get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any suggestions
    or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  6. Right here is the right blog for anyone who
    really wants to understand this topic. You realize a
    whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject which has been written about for
    ages. Great stuff, just great!

  7. Right here is the perfect webpage for anybody who would like to find out
    about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that has been written about
    for years. Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

  8. Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get
    there! Thank you cheap flights 34pIoq5

  9. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it,
    you could be a great author. I will remember to bookmark your blog and
    definitely will come back sometime soon. I want to encourage you continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

  10. Hi, i believe that i noticed you visited my website thus i came to “go back the desire”.I’m attempting to find things to improve my site!I assume its good enough to use a few of your ideas!!

  11. Greetings! Quick question that’s totally off
    topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?

    My site looks weird when viewing from my apple iphone.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to
    resolve this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share.
    Many thanks! cheap flights 34pIoq5

  12. A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I think that you ought to publish more on this issue, it might not be a taboo matter but generally
    people don’t discuss such subjects. To the next!
    Best wishes!!

  13. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all folks you really understand what you’re talking about!
    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally consult with my website =).
    We will have a hyperlink trade agreement among us

  14. I feel this is one of the such a lot significant info for me.
    And i am satisfied reading your article. However should
    commentary on some common things, The web site style
    is wonderful, the articles is in reality nice :
    D. Good process, cheers

  15. Howdy! I understand this is kind of off-topic however I had to ask.
    Does running a well-established blog such as yours require
    a lot of work? I’m completely new to writing a blog but I do
    write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my own experience and feelings
    online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for
    brand new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

  16. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. Iíll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  17. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing
    your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope
    you write again soon! asmr 0mniartist

  18. Howdy! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for the great information you’ve got
    here on this post. I’ll be returning to your website for more soon.

  19. Hi! I’ve been reading your weblog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a
    shout out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent job!

  20. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright
    infringement? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping
    it up all over the internet without my agreement.

    Do you know any solutions to help reduce content from being ripped off?

    I’d certainly appreciate it.

  21. I have fun with, lead to I discovered just what I was
    looking for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless
    you man. Have a great day. Bye

  22. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it,
    you will be a great author. I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and
    may come back in the foreseeable future. I want to
    encourage you to continue your great work, have a nice weekend!

  23. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually recognize what you are speaking approximately!

    Bookmarked. Please additionally talk over with my website =).

    We will have a hyperlink alternate contract among us

  24. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed
    the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a
    hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!

    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell

  25. I’m very pleased to uncover this website. I need to
    to thank you for ones time for this particularly
    wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every
    part of it and i also have you bookmarked to check out
    new things on your website.

  26. Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up fast! What host are you the use of?
    Can I am getting your associate hyperlink in your host?
    I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  27. Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and
    wanted to say that I have truly loved browsing your weblog posts.
    In any case I will be subscribing to your feed
    and I’m hoping you write again soon!

  28. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and
    found that it’s truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels.
    I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will
    be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  29. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and
    interesting, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is something that too few folks are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something concerning

  30. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining,
    and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The issue is something
    which not enough folks are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy that I came across this in my hunt for something concerning this.

  31. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of house .
    Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this site.
    Reading this information So i’m satisfied to convey
    that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling
    I came upon exactly what I needed. I so much unquestionably will make certain to don?t overlook
    this website and provides it a glance on a constant basis.

  32. I think this is one of the most significant information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The website style is great, the articles is really great :
    D. Good job, cheers

  33. I know this web site offers quality depending articles and extra stuff, is
    there any other web site which provides these information in quality?

  34. Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will definitely
    digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

  35. Hi are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you require any html coding expertise
    to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *