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Is your child SunSmart ready for school?

Reinforcing SunSmart behaviour at home helps prepare your child for independent sun protection habits at school.

Teach your child to apply their own sunscreen, make sure a broad-brimmed hat is packed each day and make sun safe clothing available.

More SunSmart tips for families

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Dermoscopy training for Victorian GPs

Applications are open for the Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program 2019, which offers GPs dermoscopy training, along with a dermatoscope for use.

Applications close Monday 4 February 2019.

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UV. It All Adds Up

Our summer campaign is a reminder that the more time you spend unprotected in the sun, the more UV damage adds up – increasing your risk of skin cancer.

Protect your skin in five ways this summer with clothing, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and shade.

Find out more

Welcome to SunSmart

Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma diagnoses in the world. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.

In Victoria, more than 90,000 skin cancers are treated each year. In 2015, 512 Victorians died from skin cancer, which is more than twice as many as the state road toll. It’s estimated Victorian public hospitals spend up to $55 million treating skin cancer each year.

But the good news is, almost all skin cancers are preventable.

SunSmart aims to reduce the burden of skin cancer in Victoria by promoting steps to prevent UV damage and find skin cancer early, at the most treatable stages. 

SunSmart works with primary and secondary schools, early childhood centres, workplaces, health professionals, local government and sporting clubs and other organisations to promote a healthy approach to UV exposure. This intensive community-level work is underpinned by state-wide media campaigns that communicate the SunSmart message and change broader social norms.

One of the program’s most successful media campaigns was launched by SunSmart and Cancer Council Victoria in 1981 featuring Sid Seagull. The iconic and internationally recognised Slip! Slop! Slap! campaign was successful in encouraging people to protect themselves from the sun. Sid had Australians slipping on long-sleeved clothing, slopping on sunscreen and slapping on a hat.

Today, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and Cancer Council Victoria jointly fund the program. SunSmart has also been a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for UV Radiation since 2004.

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In the news

Victorians urged to be SunSmart over holidays as study exposes lack of sun protection habits

Monday 17 December 2018

A study looking at sun protection behaviours in Melbourne’s parks, streets and swimming areas has found an abysmally low use of clothing, hats and shade over summer weekends.

Melbourne mum’s heartbreaking plea to parents: be SunSmart for life

Friday 28 September 2018

A powerful new campaign launching today highlights the personal cost of skin cancer in an effort to get parents to increase their SunSmart habits.

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