PPFA is committed to supporting teenagers who suffer severe period pain, pelvic pain and endometriosis to allow them to fulfill their potential and live the best life possible. To do this, we are committed to bringing medically responsible, positive and interactive education to schools in Australia.
In 2017, the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia funded a trial schools program in Adelaide, South Australia. PPFA brought the New Zealand based Menstrual Education (ME) Program to Adelaide to demonstrate the acceptability of schools education in Australia. We collaborated with the Royal Adelaide Hospital Pain Management Unit to fully evaluate the program.
On 21st November 2018, the PPFA-developed PPEP Talk® program was launched. The Periods, Pain and Endometriosis Program for Schools will bring the latest in modern knowledge and the new neuroscience of pain to South Australian teens. It is the first state roll-out of the program, with the intention that it progress to a roll out in all Australian Schools. The program is funded by both State and Federal Governments.
From 20th March – 31st December 2019 PPEP Talk® has visited 61 Government, Catholic and Independent secondary girls and co-educational schools, with 71 sessions being completed overall. 29 of these schools are in the metropolitan area and 32 regional. Around 3200 students and 150 teachers, principals or school counsellors/nurses participated and completed pre/post evaluations. Students attending PPEP Talk® range between the ages of 12-19 years of age.
Students at Penola High School, South Australia.