2018 media releases

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.

Most Victorians in the dark about men's high melanoma risk

Wednesday 12 September 2018
A new survey shows most Victorians are unaware of men's high melanoma risk, despite men being more likely to be diagnosed with, and die from, the disease.

Cancer Council Victoria's SunSmart program recognised with national award

Friday 20 April 2018
Cancer Council Victoria was honoured with a national award recognising its work in skin cancer prevention through the SunSmart program.

New study shows SunSmart success as melanomas decrease in Victoria

Monday 2 April 2018
Cancer Council Victoria has welcomed a new independent study showing its SunSmart program has led to a decline in melanoma. Published in The Medical Journal of Australia today, the study by University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre examined the incidence of invasive melanoma from 1985 to 2015 in Victoria.

Catchy update of classic jingle with a message for young families: 'You've Gotta Be SunSmart'

Tuesday 20 February 2018
SunSmart is releasing a modern makeover of its iconic jingle aimed at early childhood services and young families. The new song, 'You've Gotta Be SunSmart' is performed by beloved children's entertainer Jay Laga'aia, well-known for his roles on Playschool and Home and Away.

Record high numbers of sunburns treated at Victorian hospital emergency departments

Thursday 25 January 2018
Victorians are urged to get SunSmart this long weekend as new data shows January is the peak month for sunburn at state hospital emergency departments, with a record 190 sunburn cases in January last year.