In 2012, ACCF created the Community Education Program to raise awareness in Australia about the preventability of cervical cancer, HPV and other related cancers.
Through passionate and dedicated volunteer presenters, the Community Education Program is a 15-30 minute presentation about cervical cancer, HPV and the steps you can to prevent it as well as covering the important life-saving work ACCF undertakes in Australia and developing countries.
Why the need?
In Australia, death from cervical cancer has reduced dramatically over recent years due to the introduction of the Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Since the introduction of the program in 1991, incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer have both halved.
However, Australian women are still dying from this almost entirely preventable disease. Every year, over 20,000 women in Australia are diagnosed with high grade abnormalities after having a Pap test. If left untreated, these abnormalities could develop into cervical cancer.
Pap tests are recommended every two years for all sexually active women aged 18-70 to detect any changes in the cells of your cervix. We constantly hear stories from women who are survivors of cervical cancer saying that a Pap test literally saved their life! Unfortunately, 43% of women in Australia and 57% of young women aged 18-25 are not getting the recommended 2 yearly Pap Test. These are alarming statistics and the Community Education Program aims to change them!
Booking a Community Education presenter
Dedicated and passionate volunteers are available to speak at your community group, event or workplace about this important health issue. By raising awareness we can change these alarming statistics and come one step closer to our goal or eliminating cervical cancer.
All community education presentations are free of charge.
If you would like more information about a volunteer speaker at your community group or workplace please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 727 630. For a presentation at your community group please book online.
ACCF also conducts education and awareness presentations in Australian high schools. Learn more about the Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for schools here.
Chelsea Farry, a young solicitor from Queensland, was only 23 when it was discovered she had cervical cancer during a routine Pap test. She had no previous signs or symptoms. Chelsea underwent unique radical surgery to remove the cervix (still enabling her to have children) and has been given the all clear by her doctor. She is on regular 3 monthly check ups for the next 2 years. Chelsea is passionate about sharing the message about the importance of getting regular Pap tests to women. Early detection can save a life!