Kath Mazzella OAM is a Gynaecological cancer survivor. Tony Mazzella is her supportive and motivated husband. Together they are a unique and dynamic force for creating change in relation to the level of awareness of Gynaecological, Sexual and related Mental Health challenges and to break down the barriers and stigmas associated.
Mazzella Consulting, their official business, is focused on creating a better world for women challenged by Gynaecological, Sexual and related Mental Health conditions. Engaging in advocacy and community awareness, this dynamic duo are creative and inspirational, attested to by the long list of awards received for their work.
About Kath and Tony Mazzella
After her surgery Kath discovered how little women knew and talked about conditions “down there”, and how many women were suffering in silence. This empowered Kath to go on a journey … a journey that Tony had no choice initially but to go on with her. Now he has stepped up to stand beside her and promote this very worthwhile and necessary message, extending it beyond just the women, but also to the men that surround their worlds. After all, when one woman suffers, all those in her world suffer with her.
After placing an advertisement in a women’ s magazine, Kath was able to connect with others who had similar experiences, even taking Tony on a plane ride to the US, and this drove her to establish the Gynaecological Awareness Information Network Inc. (GAIN) which has informed and supported thousands of women.
Kath and Tony together are powerful advocates for women challenged by gynaecological, sexual and related mental health conditions, personally inspiring women (and a few men also), arguing for institutional and social change that delivers better awareness, prevention, treatment and support.
INSPIRATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKERS
Kath and Tony are inspirational public speakers and Kath is the founder of the International Gynaecological Awareness Day.
Most recently, Kath was awarded the Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Gynaecological Cancers Award, which she handed to Tony upon acceptance, stating that he deserved the award for his patience in supporting her through all the years of her campaigning.
In 2012, Kath received the prestigious WA Senior of the Year Award and the Beyond Blue category award, finally having the link between Mental Health and Gynaecological and Sexual health recognised.
In 2009 Kath was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her service of the community through raising the profile of Gynaecological health; was inducted into the 100 Women WA Hall of Fame and also was an inductee to the Hall of Fame – Our Bodies Ourselves Women’s Health Heroes, Boston, US. Kath was shortlisted for the Centre for Women in Leadership Award; and Most Inspiring Woman of the Year – Momentum Women’s Forum. Kath was also presented with the Zonta International “Woman of Achievement Award” for Western Australia and received an Executive Women’s Forum Woman of the Year award, both in 2005.
Their latest campaign, Undies for Better Understanding or U.B.U. as it is now known, is focused around the theme of undies and presents an exciting opportunity to create better awareness and open up the conversation. Together they host a workshop, people decorate undies or undies biscuits and during the workshop they hear Kath and Tony’s inspiring story and allow time for open dialogue on the subjects of Gynaecological, Sexual and related Mental Health.
The response to these workshops from the public has been enormously encouraging with private sector, government agencies and community groups very keen to host repeat events because they can see the effectiveness of the strategy. Fun, engaging, creating better awareness, many have commented, “I didn’t know this information”.
Kath and Tony’s passion runs a mile deep and they are determined to take their message further abroad in 2015 and beyond.
BOOK AN EVENT NOW!
Together and separately Kath and Tony are an inspirational speaker duo, with a moving and courageous story of turning pain into gain and at the same time raising the awareness of our responsibility for managing our own health. Book Kath and/or Tony now for your next event.