The HPV vaccination is a vital first step in the fight against cervical cancer. And thanks to the school-based National HPV Vaccination Program, more young Australians are vaccinated against HPV than ever.
However, vaccination protects against up to 90% of the risk of cervical cancer but doesn’t provide protection against all of the cancer-causing HPV strains. And that’s where regular cervical screening comes in.
Thanks to recent advances, the test may only be needed every 5 years. But despite this, almost 45% of Australian women are not up to date. What’s even more worrying is that more than 70% of cervical cancers occur in women who have not had regular cervical screening.
At ACCF, we know that knowledge is one of our most powerful weapons in the fight against cervical cancer. Our evidence-based education programs are designed to raise awareness across the community and highlight how easily preventable this deadly disease is. Targeting men, women and young people, ACCF Education Programs are available by request for schools, workplaces and community groups.
The Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for Schools (CCAPS) is designed to educate high school students about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and empower them to take control of their long-term health. As the cause of almost all cases of cervical cancer, as well as other related cancers in men and women, it’s essential young people understand what HPV is, and how to prevent it. This free program arms students with the information they need now, and into the future.
ACCF Community Education Programs are delivered by our team of trained and passionate volunteers and can be presented free of charge at your next community group or club meeting. Contact us to learn more.
The Workplace Education Program is designed to empower your staff to take control of their health and stay up-to-date with the latest changes to the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP). Sessions are available on request and can be tailored to suit your organisation’s needs. To learn more or book your team in, contact us today.
A cervical cancer diagnosis or being told you have a cervical abnormality can be a frightening and isolating experience. To ensure women and their families have the support they need at this crucial time, we offer an informational support and referral program. If you or someone you know needs help, get in touch today.
Not up to date with your cervical screening? Then Get the Text! Simply nominate a month and our free national SMS service will send you a reminder to book in with your GP for your Cervical Screening Test.