HPV vaccine reducing rates of genital warts

Written by Dave Hawkes on . Posted in News & Updates

New study shows HPV vaccine is working to reduce rates of genital warts.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced in Australia in 2007 and New Zealand in 2008 to prevent cervical cancer. It was free for women up to age 26 in Australia and to all women under 20 in New Zealand. This is because 99.7% of cervical cancers are associated with the sexually transmissible infection.

Pap smear replaced by new test

Written by SMH | Deborah Bateson on . Posted in News & Updates

As a women's health doctor for more than 20 years I have taken thousands of Pap smears and taught many hundreds of doctors and nurses the skill of taking cells from the cervix and placing them on a glass slide.

The Pap smear detects pre-cancerous cellular changes and has been the cornerstone of the National Cervical Screening Program since its implementation in 1991. It has served Australian women extremely well and resulted in one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world.

SHFPACT Council

Written by SHFPACT on . Posted in News & Updates

Your elected representatives

The ‘Council’ is what we call the governing body at SHFPACT, commonly called a board or committee in other organisations. Council members are elected by the membership to two-year terms at the Annual General Meeting, and then the specific office bearers are appointed at the first meeting of the Council following the AGM. Following last year’s annual general meeting, the following Council members and office bearers were elected:

  • Joanna Spratt (President)
  • Matt Sammels (Vice-President)
  • Sunny Lee (Treasurer)
  • Janelle Weissman (Secretary)
  • Alice Knight
  • Jane Hadrill
  • Camilla Burkot
  • Bronwyn Clark
  • Matthew Noonan

Members who are interested in contributing to the life of the organisation through the Council and its sub-committees can also be appointed to periodic vacancies. If you are interested, please get in touch with Executive Director Tim Bavinton by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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