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.

PPEP Talk® brings a new approach to schools education. It provides the latest in modern knowledge, incorporating new neuroscience of pain. For students with pain, PPEP introduces helpful self-management strategies which they can try themselves immediately, and provides guidance on where to find further good quality information and when to seek professional health advice. For those without pain, it introduces concepts that will allow them to make good health decisions if pain affects their lives in the future.  PPEP Talk® has been funded by both State and Federal Governments in South Australia since 2018 and Western Australia since 2020. In May 2021, Federal Government funding was received for a major expansion of PPEP Talk® to all Australian States where matched State funding is provided.

PPEP Talk® is free to public, private and independent schools, and has inclusive and modified programs suitable for boys, students with special needs and Indigenous students. Students attending PPEP Talk® range between the ages of 12-19 years of age.

As of August 2021, PPEP Talk® has been running in South Australia for over 2 years and has visited over 170 schools and in Western Australia for over 9 months and has visited over 60 schools. Combined we have spoken to over 10,000 students so far. Our goal is to have PPEP Talk® in every school in every state and territory in Australia in the coming years.

100% of schools who have experienced PPEP Talk® would like the program to return to their school.

The program includes:

  • A 1-hour, positive, fun, educational and interactive program that de-mystifies periods and pelvic pain. It includes discussion around normal menstruation, how to recognise when symptoms are abnormal, simple ways to improve symptoms and when to look further for help
  • An opportunity for individual students and staff to discuss their personal pain circumstances with a PPFA-trained educator following the presentation. Educators are supported with medical advisors to ensure the information provided is accurate and helpful
  • The provision of a book on Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain to each school for their library
  • A guide to further resources, information, and services that students and their families can use if their pain is distressing
  • Tailored program for girls, boys, special education, and culturally diverse students. Endometriosis and pelvic pain can affect women and girls, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people assigned female at birth, therefore our program is inclusive of age, culture, and gender
  • The program is offered to metropolitan, regional and rural areas
  • Pre PPEP Talk® Video for students and teachers entailing basic period education (seen below)
  • PPEP Talk® Next Steps online session post PPEP Talk® in schools for students who identify their pain as not normal and require further support. This session is held by Gynaecologist, Pain Specialist and author of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Dr Susan Evans monthly, via zoom and you can register for the upcoming session here: www.trybooking.com/BLDRE

PPEP Talk® fits seamlessly with the National Action Plan for Endometriosis (NAPE) launched by Minister Greg Hunt in December 2017. It is part of a new life path for students with pain that starts with community awareness, supports accurate information provision to teens and families in schools, leads on to a digital platform of information and development. PPEP Talk® was developed by Gynaecologist, Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and PPFA Chair, Dr Susan Evans, in collaboration with Teacher and Journalist Libby Parker and Executive Director Kirsty Mead.

PPEP Talk® for your school.

If your school would like a PPEP Talk®, please fill in the form below.

Schools in South Australia and Western Australia can register for inclusion of their school now. Schools in other states will be able to indicate interest for when their state chooses to offer PPEP Talk® to support their students and families. If your state would like to enquire about the PPEP Talk® program, PPFA is ready and able to extend the program throughout Australia.

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Michelle Nielsen

SA Senior Clinical Educator

Taylor Gartner

WA Clinical Educator

Emma Kirkaldy

WA Clinical Educator

 

Libby Metz

SA Clinical Educator