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National human papillomavirus (HPV) school vaccination program



The National human papillomavirus (HPV) school vaccination program provides young men and women protection against HPV.

Commenced in 2007, the program initially provided free school-based vaccinations to all young women aged 12 to 13 years. In 2013 this was was extended to include young men aged 12 to 13 years, with a catch-up program for those aged 14 to 15 years.

The program includes the development of a series of health promotion resources, including those specifically aimed at Indigenous Australian young men, young women and parents.

This program is funded by the Australian Government and is a collaboration with the State and Territory governments.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health


Immunise Australia
Australian Government Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 1800 671 811

Evaluated publications

The Australian immunisation handbook: 10th edition 2013 (2013)

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

The Australian immunisation handbook provides clinical guidelines for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice. The recommendations are developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The handbook's clinical recommendations are based on the best scientific evidence available at the time of publication from published and unpublished literature. Where specific empiric evidence are unavailable, recommendations were formulated using the best available expert opinion relevant to Australia.

The 10th edition of the handbook is a revision of the (9th) edition released in 2008 and introduces new vaccines, changes to the schedules, changes to recommendations and procedures regarding the administration of vaccines, and changes to the presentation of the handbook. To view the changes see

Department of Health and Ageing abstract


Last updated: 24 October 2013
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