Mazzella Consulting currently have two projects seeking participation from volunteers:
If you would like to support either of these projects please click the links above and complete the form.
2022 Research Project
Kath Mazzella OAM, invites Health Promotions and Health Research students to:
…a research project on the subject of Gynaecological/Sexual health. Specifically, the project seeks to answer the following questions:
- Is there a link between Gynaecological/Sexual Health and Mental health?
- Is Gynaecological/Sexual Health challenges impacting on:
- Sex life
- Mental Health
- If yes, how?
“Women who journey with a gynaecological condition deserve a medal! They suffer, often in silence, not just from pain and discomfort but also the mental anguish that comes from social stigma, being intimately examined, enduring invasive surgery and ongoing daily treatment regimes. Yet so little research is conducted that could make a big difference to their experiences. I do all that I can to get the message out but I need help! Research is not in my skill set and without the research change is less likely to happen.
“Consider how you could be part of this ground breaking opportunity to make changes across our community now!”Kath Mazzella OAM
Express your interest now, 2022 Research Project
2022 TV/Film/Production Project
1 in 80 women in Australia are diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the sexual and reproductive health of women, yet in a recent LinkedIn survey only 13% of those who responded had heard of the condition. Further, many more women go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to embarrassment or doctors assuming the condition is a less harmful condition like thrush.
The stories of these women, who often suffer in silence, left whispering behind closed doors to the rare few they can trust, are dramatic, heart breaking and challenging. Their stories have never been told publicly and this is something we would like to change.
This film project seeks to shine a light on this condition, to creatively tell the stories of girls and women of all ages who have been affected. LS as it is often termed, affects every aspect of day-to-day living from the bedroom to the boardroom.
5% of these women will develop vulva cancer and many of these women will die, either through late diagnosis or misdiagnosis, as LS is often misdiagnosed and treated as a minor ailment. Left untreated it can result in severe sexual health complications, not to mention intolerable daily symptomology. Women diagnosed with LS have a higher rate of suicide due to the impacts of this condition on their daily living.
We are looking for the best story tellers to be able to bring to the screen these stories in a compassionate way without watering down the often heinous impacts of this condition on a woman’s life. By telling these stories, we hope to break down stigma, to raise awareness that may lead to earlier diagnosis, which can prevent the extreme suffering and perhaps even death.
Help us to help the LS female community to tell their stories.