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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 a HPV dose to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The fastest way for vaccination providers to submit a HPV dose to AIR is by using your practice management software or the AIR site. Manual forms can take up to two weeks to reach AIR and may cause delays in updating your patient's vaccination history on AIR. For more information about how to access the AIR site go to the Australian Immunisation Register for Health Professionals webpage.

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 Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR will record the vaccination in the Immunisation History Statement. People can access the Immunisation History Statement online through the Medicare online account through myGov or using the Express Plus Medicare mobile phone app.

  • From 30 September 2016, the Australian Immunisation Register became a whole-of-life reigster with the ability to record all vaccinations for people of all ages given by a registered vaccination provider.

  • As part of the transition to a whole-of-life register, HPV vaccination records held in the National HPV Vaccination Program Register (HPV Register) have been transferred into the AIR. For more information, please read these FAQs .

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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.