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
Lives in Floreat | 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 womens and childrens health.
Outside of GAIN Inc. Wendy enjoys riding and keeping fit.