HPV & Me Schools Program

HPV & Me Schools Program

HPV & Me is an awareness program which empowers high school students with preventive strategies to reduce the health risks associated with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  

There are 2 separate presentations targeted at different year levels and study areas:  

Years 7 and 8 (SA only): Why I need the Vaccine  

Years 9 – 12:  Eyes on this STI 

Presentation  Why I need the Vaccine    Eyes on this STI 
Years  7, 8 (SA only)  9, 10, 11,12 
Key content  Designed to increase student understanding of why they are having the vaccine, the presentation covers: 

  • HPV  – What is it? Who it affects? How is it transmitted/spread? What it causes? 
  • Reproductive anatomy affected by HPV 
  • Concept of immunity and herd immunity  
  • How the vaccine works to prevent cancers in men and women  
Designed for older students to look at prevention of HPV in the broader context of sexual health, this presentation covers: 

  • Recap HPV basics 
  • Signs and symptoms that might indicate a health concern related to HPV and/or other sexual health concerns 
  • Vaccine and how to get a catch up dose 
  • Discussion of broader prevention strategies; smoking, safer sex, screening 
  • Barriers to sexual health and cervical screening 
Duration   30-45 minutes  50-60 minutes 
Mode of delivery  Face to face in school presentation in selected metro areas or Online  Face to face in school presentation in selected metro areas or Online 
Scheduling   Ideal to deliver prior to delivery of first or second dose of the HPV vaccine  Anytime to fit in with your sexual health and wellbeing programming. 
Curriculum Links  Link to PDF 

FAQ’s

How do you book?

Please use our online booking form to make a booking enquiry. After submitting this online request you will be contacted to finalise your booking. 

Which students is the program suitable for?

As HPV affects everyone, students of all genders. 

How much does it cost?

Currently, HPV & Me is offered free of charge. 

Why is awareness about HPV important?

Known as the ‘common cold’ of sexually transmissible infections, most people will contract HPV at some point in their lives. While often HPV has no symptoms and goes away by itself, a persistent HPV infection can cause health concerns such as genital warts and cancers that affect both women and men. It is important that students are armed with knowledge of how they can reduce their risk of these health concerns and make positive choices about their behaviour as they move towards adulthood.  

What are the technical requirements for a face to face presentation?

A venue with access to computer, data projector, audio speakers with the ability to run PowerPoint, video and audio, and a microphone for large spaces. 

What are the technical requirements for an online presentation?

Venue/s with a computer connected to data projector and audio and a webcam facing the students. 

Strong internet connection and capacity to download and use Zoom desktop client. 
Student access to own device for online interaction. 

What is the maximum number of students?

Face to face: 200 

Online:  Groups of 30 students per computer/venue, max of 4 groups (120) 

We normally speak with a whole year group. Smaller group presentations may be able to be accommodated in a single day.  

Can I book presentations for different year groups or multiple presentations?

Yes. However, we request that the presentations are booked on the same date consequentially (with a maximum of four). 

Do you have a program for senior studies subjects?

We’re happy to work with you to tailor our program to meet your needs. If you have queries as to how this can fit in with Senior Studies subjects please get in touch. 

Is it worthwhile for students to participate in both Why I need the Vaccine and Eyes on this STI?

Yes. Eyes on this STI builds on knowledge gained in Why I need the vaccine. Any overlap in content is to ensure student understanding.  

ACCF also conducts education and awareness presentations to community groups, workplaces and university groups. For more information go to ACCF’s Community Education Program page.