ANZGOG podcast ‘On The Down Low’ wins gold at the 2022 Australian Podcast Awards

29 Nov 2022

The winners of the 2022 Australian Podcast Awards have been announced at the red-carpet event celebrating this year’s best of the best Australian podcasts and talent across 31 categories. Guess who won GOLD for ‘Best New Podcast’? ANZGOG’s ‘On The Down Low’ podcast and team!

If that’s not enough to convince you to listen to the podcast, #OnTheDownLowPodcast was also nominated for ‘Best Health & Wellness Podcast’ at the Australian Podcast Awards and is a Finalist in the upcoming NSW Volunteer of Year Awards. The commendation is an asset in helping us shed light on the disease affecting more than 1700 women in Australia annually with a five-year survival rate of just 48 per cent.

2022 Australian Podcast Awards Trophy for Best New Podcast.

Produced by ANZGOG, the six-part series titled ‘On The Down Low -  speaking up about ovarian cancer’ features raw and inspiring stories from nine ovarian cancer advocates and covers topics including symptoms and diagnosis, treatment, personal challenges, hope, and advocacy. The 2022 series was supported by Westfield Sydney through the Westfield Local Heros Grant, contributing $10,000 to Helen Gooden for the production of the debut season. 


“People say it’s the silent killer, but I don’t believe that. I think it’s the ignored killer. We have to stop ignoring ovarian cancer.”

Jacinta, psychotherapist, wife, mum of two, given a terminal ovarian cancer diagnosis


On the Down Low was only made possible through the sheer will, determination and passion displayed by its volunteer team, spearheaded by Podcast Host Alison Dance and Producer Nyasha Nyakuengama. The nine cast members, all ovarian cancer survivors and carers, demonstrated both bravery and candour in their stories, hoping that by sharing their experiences they could help save lives in the future.

Podcast Creators – Nyasha Nyakuengama, Helen Gooden and Alison Dance

Podcast Host, Alison Dance, wanted to reduce the stigma around gynaecological cancers to boost awareness after her mother, Pauline Dance, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago, a deadly disease the family previously hadn’t heard of.


“We need to talk more openly and honestly about the disease if we stand any chance of improving the statistics. Ovarian cancer hasn’t seen the same improvements in survival rates as other cancer types” Ms Dance said.“We need the community to rally with us in support of research and fighting for fair funding to keep inspirational women in our lives – they can start by listening to our stories.”


“Did you know that you can’t say ‘vagina’ on television? So, we’re saying it in a podcast!”

Helen Gooden accepting the Award with co-creators, Alison Dance and Nyasha Nyakuengama for ‘Best New Podcast’


Helen Gooden gave an acceptance speech on behalf of the podcast team.

‘On the Down Low’ is produced by the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group with funding provided for this first season through the Westfield Local Heroes program. Further volunteer support was donated by Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, who expertly designed the powerful but playful brand, and Liz Cotter who produced professional shots of the cast members.


Congratulations to the whole volunteer team and everybody involved for this significant recognition. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees across the 31 Australian Podcast Awards 2022 categories.


Anyone can listen to ‘On the Down Low’ for FREE on the ANZGOG website in the link below or wherever you access your podcasts.

Listen to On The Down Low

Help us fund a second season

‘On the Down Low’ is produced by the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group with funding provided for this first season through the Westfield Local Heroes program. ANZGOG is looking for funding to support a second season, as part of their ongoing commitment to public education activities.

For more information, please contact George Gill (ANZGOG Communications Manager).