If you would like to book in a CCAPS presentation at your high school please book online.
What is CCAPS?
Officially launched in 2012 the Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for Schools (CCAPS) is a free educational presentation for Australian high schools. Education QLD accredited, CCAPS aims to provide students with information about:
- Cervical cancer
- Other HPV related cancers (in both women and men)
- How the HPV vaccine works and why it’s important
- How to prevent cervical cancer.
- How they can be involved in the fight to eliminate cervical cancer both in Australia and in developing countries.
“This is an issue that will probably touch all families at some point in time so it is important that all students, both male and female, are educated on the causes of cervical cancer and how it can be easily prevented”
– Robern Hinchliffe, Dean of Students at St John’s Anglican College QLD
In 2007, all 12-13 year old girls began receiving the HPV vaccine. The vaccine not only protects women from 70% of the viruses (HPV) that cause cervical cancer but also protects men from the same viruses which cause most male genital cancers. In 2013, the vaccine was introduced to boys.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a very common virus transmitted through sexual contact in both males and females. Generally, HPV has no symptoms and goes away by itself, but can sometimes cause serious illness, including cervical cancer. The vaccine along with regular Pap tests helps make cervical cancer an almost entirely preventable disease and CCAPS aims to arm students with the information required to make positive choices about their behaviour as they prepare for adulthood.
Booking in a CCAPS presentation
“Just wanted to say thanks for organising the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation speaker. She was excellent. Staff at both year levels thought she pitched it perfectly for the audience, her content was detailed, thorough, and appropriate. Her manner was very engaging and she was credible. One of the best speakers we have had.”
– Joanne Frost, Head of Yr 11/12 Mentone Girls Grammar VIC
The presentation is flexible and can be tailored from 10 – 60 minutes depending on your school’s needs; however the full presentation ideally takes 45 minutes. When booking a presentation, note that we can tailor the information to be presented prior to 11-13 year olds receiving the vaccination, to both girls and boys or boys alone, or to year 11 and 12’s as they prepare to embark on adulthood. Most importantly CCAPS can be presented to all high school aged students. If you would like to discuss if CCAPS is suitable for your audience please get in touch via the email above or phone 1300 727 630.
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.