Human Papillomavirus(HPV) Initiatives

26th International Papillomavirus Conference: Satellite Symposium
Enhancing HPV Prevention among Indigenous Populations: International Perspectives on Health and Well-Being
Montreal, Quebec
July 5, 2010

This Symposium was presented as part of the International Papillomavirus 2010 Conference. The Symposium was planned and organized by a Planning Committee representing public sector agencies and not for profit organizations. The event was coordinated and hosted by the International Centre for Infectious Diseases. Approximately 100 conference delegates from 19 different countries attended the Symposium, and 80 left contact information in order to continue communications on HPV and Indigenous peoples.

Objectives: To share current information on the burden of HPV related diseases, to identify promising interventions and wise practices among Indigenous populations internationally.

Opening Comments: Paulette C. Tremblay Ph.D. (Canada)
Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Health Organization
Aboriginal Peoples and HPV Prevention

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Panel 1: Researching the Burden of HPV Disease, Immunization, and Cervical Screening among Indigenous Populations.

Professor Suzanne Garland (Australia)
Director of Microbiological Research and Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Women’s Hospital, Senior Consultant Microbiology, Royal Children’s Hospital; Professor Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Australia

WHINURS HPV Genotype Prevalence in Australian Women Pre-Vaccination: what differences might there be for indigenous women?

Dr. Isaac Sobol (Canada) MD, CCFP, MHSc
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dept. of Health and Social Services, Government of Nunavut, Iqaluit, Canada

Burden of HPV Incidence in Nunavut

Panel 2: Primary and Secondary Prevention of HPV Diseases, Cervical and other cancers among Indigenous Populations: Promising Interventions and Wise Practices.

Dr. Eileen F. Dunne (USA) MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, U.S. Centres for Disease Control

Prevention of HPV Diseases in Indigenous Populations: Examples of promising interventions and activities for Alaska Natives and American Indians

Ms. Telphia Joseph (Australia), BHlthSc
National Indigenous Immunisation Co-ordinator, The National Centre for Immunisation and Surveillance, Kids Research Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW

Service Providers of HPV vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Females

Improving HPV Prevention among Aboriginal Peoples Workshop
Winnipeg, Manitoba
December 9, 2008

The International Centre for Infectious Disease (ICID) in conjunction with
the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, hosted a workshop devoted to further understanding the issues with respect to health care to improve HPV disease prevention in Aboriginal communities.

1. To share current information on:

  • Cervical abnormalities, anogenital warts, cancer, and cytology
  • HPV and cervical cancer epidemiology
  • Vaccine developments, accessibility and uptake issues
  • Unique challenges with respect to Aboriginal populations

2. To identify research gaps, research priorities and strategies to move ahead with improved HPV prevention and control among Aboriginal peoples.

3. To identify implementation challenges and strategies for program improvement among Aboriginal communities.