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Information for GPs and other health professionals

Although the majority of HPV vaccines will be administered as part of the school-based National Immunisation Program, GPs and other health professionals have an important role to play in ensuring good vaccine coverage across Australia, including:

  • administering doses missed at school or as catch up courses up to age 19
  • giving the vaccine to girls and boys not attending school, and those with special medical needs or who have a preference for vaccination by their regular GP
  • educating parents about the benefits and risks of the HPV vaccine, when they are deciding whether to have their child vaccinated
  • notifying any doses administered to the National HPV Vaccination Program Register using a single dose notification form or, if you are registered with the HPV Register, by uploading the notification through the web portal. You can contact the Register on 1800 478 734 (1800 HPV REG) or email enquiries@hpvregister.org.au.

Read more about the HPV vaccine.

Giving the vaccine in a primary care setting

GPs may administer the two doses of Gardasil 9 to eligible girls and boys aged up to 19 years, free of charge.

Those who start the course at age 15 or older require three doses, with the third dose not funded by the National Immunisation Program. 

  • People aged 14 and under at first dose: two doses required 6–12 months apart
  • Immunocompromised children and those aged 15 and over at first dose: three doses required at 0, 2 and 6 months intervals. 

Males and females aged 20 and over can still access the vaccine from a GP at their own expense. The vaccine is most effective before sexual activity starts and exposure to HPV has taken place.

GPs may give the vaccine to children under 16 years without parental consent, provided the young person understands the benefits and risks associated with it.

All HPV doses must be ordered through your State/Territory Health Department.

Practice tips: 

  • Gardasil 9 is the vaccine used in the National HPV Vaccination Program. It is approved for use in females aged 9­–45 years and males aged 9–26 years. It protects against HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58 (which cause around 90% of cervical cancers and 95% of all HPV-related cancers in men) and types 6 and 11 (which cause 90% of genital warts).

  • The two doses for people aged 14 and under should be given optimally 6–12 months apart.

  • A third dose is recommended if the second dose is administered less than six months from the first, or for people aged 15 and over.

  • The three doses should be given at 0, 2 and 6 months.
  • As with other vaccines, incomplete courses can be completed at a later time without repeating previous doses. Those who commenced HPV vaccine courses with Gardasil or Cervarix may complete them with Gardasil 9.

  • An appropriate recall system should be used by your clinic to ensure all doses are completed at the correct time. You may wish to use or adapt this missed dose reminder letter.

  • Encourage patients to notify your clinic if they wish to receive the vaccine, to allow you to order stocks if necessary. You may wish to use or adapt this poster to place around the clinic.

  • When seeking consent for vaccination, advise patients that their doses will be reported to the HPV Register unless they opt off. The Register will provide them with a completion statement once the course is finished and also contact them if a booster dose is ever found to be necessary in the future. 

  • You should notify the HPV Register of doses given using this single dose notification form or, if you are registered with the HPV Register, by uploading the notification through the web portal. You can contact the HPV Register on 1800 478 734 (1800 HPV REG) or email enquiries@hpvregister.org.au.

  • Doses forwarded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) by providers will be forwarded to the HPV Register but please note that there will be a delay between receipt by AIR, forwarding to the HPV Register and integration of the doses into the HPV Register. For this reason, direct reporting the HPV Register is preferred.
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GPs and other health professionals have an important role to play in ensuring good vaccine coverage across Australia.

Design and partial content reproduced with the kind permission of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

The HPV vaccine is a prescription medicine. Medicines have benefits and risks. After reading this website, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this vaccine and to check eligibility.

Females who have had the HPV vaccine still need regular Cervical Screening Tests.