GAIN Inc Committee 2017
Catherine Aurubind – Chair / President
Lives in Kalamunda | GAIN Chair since Jan 2017
Catherine has suffered chronic pelvic pain after a hysterectomy in 2004 left her with severe entrapment of the Pudendal nerve. Along with Vice President Vanessa Watson, she runs the Pelvic Pain Support Group, offering support, understanding and information for people suffering chronic pelvic pain issues. She has been active with GAIN ever since.
Catherine is 62 years of age and dedicates her spare time to raising awareness and education on Gynaecological health.
Vanessa Watson – Vice President
Lives in Wembley Downs | GAIN Vice President since Nov 2016
Vanessa has many years experience as a Registered nurse, notably 5 years on a Urology / Gynaecology Ward. Due to chronic pain with various Gynaecological conditions, she was unfortunately forced to give up her career but now focuses on helping other women in Australia with their conditions both in the Pelvic Pain Support Group (alongside GAIN President, Catherine Aurubind) and over the telephone. Vanessa has also shared her story on Radio National, appeared in Newspapers and TV and is regularly called upon to speak at Nursing Conferences or Pain Symposiums.
Outside of GAIN Inc. Vanessa enjoys reading, sewing, craft, having ‘nanna naps’ and talking to people. She also loves spending time with her husband, teen twins and wonder-dog Benny!
] Angela Rowe. Secretary
GAIN Secretary since April 2017
Angela first became aware of GAIN back in 2012 as she was working as a Support Coordinator for Ovarian Cancer Australia. In this role she met with the President of GAIN to discuss how they could work in partnership to support women with gynaecological cancer. Angela has been a follower of the GAIN Facebook page ever since, as she has a history of endometriosis and is interested in women’s health issues and pelvic pain in particular. In December 2016 Angela helped GAIN with a fundraising activity, and it was there that she offered to join the committee and take on the role of Secretary, which she commenced in April 2017.
In her spare time Angela enjoys travelling, socialising, shopping and playing netball.
Wendy Leeson – Committee member
Wendy is a Clinical Nurse Theatre/ Clinical Nurse Consultant at King Edward Memorial Hospital and has a passion for women’s and children’s health.
Outside of GAIN Inc. Wendy enjoys riding and keeping fit.
Diagnosed with Endometriosis and suspected Adenomyiosis in 2001, Joanne went
on to have had 4 surgeries in Perth between 2001 and 2013. She underwent
multiple unsuccessful IVF attempts and was also diagnosed with legal
blindness before taking a leap of faith and travelling to Singapore for
endometriosis excision in 2015. Joanne founded ‘Endometriosis Perth
Sisterhood of Support’ (endoperthsisters.com) in 2013, an on-line support
group for people living in Western Australia with Endometriosis.
After volunteering with Endometriosis Australia coordinating Perth’s
EndoMarch event in 2014 and as WA Coordinator between 2015 and 2016, Joanne,
with the support of Monique Alva, started dedicating all of her spare time
developing Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support into a group that
offers meetings and workshops as well as on-line support. Joanne continues
to co-lead the group with Monique.
Being passionate about patient advocacy, women’s health and education Joanne
is excited to join the GAIN Inc team
Monique Alva – Vic Park WA
Monique was diagnosed with Endometriosis & PCOS in 2011. She has since had a further 5 surgeries inc an appendectomy as the endo had spread there. In 2016 Monique was also advised that she had suspected severe Adenomyosis.
Monique joined Endometriosis Sisterhood of Support Facebook group in 2013, in search for women who could relate to what she was going through. After volunteering for the EndoMarch Perth ball in 2014 Monique got more involved with the group and proceeded to become an admin & co-leader of the group in early 2016. Monique works fulltime for a mining services company and spends her free time working on Endo Perth Sisters with Joanne, reading & socialising with friends.
Monique is passionate about raising awareness for Endometriosis and other gynaecological conditions and is excited to be a part of GAIN inc