Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
On this page you’ll find resources on the national HPV vaccination program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
About the national HPV vaccination program
A national vaccination program is available across Australia to protect males and females against cancers and disease caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
It is a free school-based program. If your child’s education is not school-based (eg. online studies), contact your local health department for advice on where to get the vaccine. Community health clinics will deliver vaccinations in some remote areas.
The program is for young people aged 12-13 years. In 2014 males aged 14-15 years can also have the vaccine.
The following materials for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are available:
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Information for Parents
Please read the ‘Important information for parents – national HPV vaccination program’ brochure.
What you need to do:
- Talk to your child about the importance of the vaccine and complete and return the consent form provided by your school. Contact your school if you have not received information or a consent form.
- Make sure your child gets all three doses of the vaccine.
- If your child feels unwell after the vaccination, contact your doctor.
To have free copies of material mailed to you, check out our ‘Order Resources‘ page.
Information for young people
From 2013, a national vaccination program will be rolled out across Australia to protect males and females against cancers and disease caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
The HPV vaccine is not just for females but for males too. If you are male and aged 12-15 years or female aged 12-13 years, you can get the HPV vaccine for free at your school.
Just three doses provides the best protection against HPV. It is very important for young people to have all three doses of the vaccine.
Check ‘The Program’ page for information about the vaccination program in your state/territory.
Make sure your parent or guardian signs the consent form so you can get the vaccine.
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Liaison Officers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Liaison Officers play a vital role in sharing information about the national HPV vaccination program with both young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families.
Please download any of the resources on this page for distribution in your school or wider community, or ‘Order resources‘ to get free copies mailed to you.
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations
It is important to get the HPV vaccination message out across the entire community to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families.
Many organisations have been sent materials to distribute and display. You can also order free materials on our ‘Order resources‘ page. Additional resources for stakeholders are available to download, including two example newsletter articles, images of the resources to illustrate articles, and web badges to link to this site.
You’ll find lots of useful information for parents, young people and health professionals throughout this website.
To find out more about the HPV vaccination program in your state/territory visit ‘The Program’ page.
You can also ‘Ask an Expert’ to get answers to commonly asked questions.