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Plan a sun safe event

Any outdoor event or festival needs a plan for UV safety.

Find tips on making your event SunSmart, including messaging, shade audits, training and resources.

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Creating shade

Shade is a practical, user-friendly form of sun protection. Find out what makes good shade and how to start your planning process.

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UV is an OH&S risk. Get covered.

Millions of Australians spend more than half of their working day outdoors, yet only 50% of those workers say their employer has a UV policy.

SunSmart's Workplace Education Program can help with UV policies, training and education to help you fill your OH&S requirements.

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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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Don’t let the season fool you: UV on the rise in Mildura

Tuesday 25 July 2017

It might be the middle of winter, but Mildura locals may already need to dig out their hats and sunscreen if they’re heading outdoors.

Victorian men on notice: watch out for melanoma this winter

Tuesday 23 May 2017

As people cover up against the cold, SunSmart is asking all Victorians to keep an eye on their skin for suspicious spots – especially men.

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