Learn about: skin cancer, being SunSmart, and how to incorporate sun protection strategies into your day to day activities.

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WA // Mixed SunSmart report card for WA primary schools

A new SunSmart survey has delivered a decent report card for Western Australian primary schools, but with comments that ‘more work needs to be done’ and ‘could do better with more application’. Cancer Council Western Australia has released the results of the 2017 National Primary School SunSmart Survey which show the majority of schools are […]

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Wearing a hat – Three benefits for the price of one

The 2017 National Primary School SunSmart Survey revealed that only 45% of WA primary schools have all teachers wearing hats when outside at lunchtime. Wearing a hat when you’re outside shouldn’t be difficult. It’s important for your own health and crucial in passing on health messages to children. If Western Australia’s high rates of skin […]

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Should play cease when the UV is high?

At Cancer Council WA, the start of summer brings higher UV levels and questions from child care services about ceasing play when the UV reaches certain levels, usually 8. While it is up to individual centres to rule on this, Cancer Council advice is to promote active play while being SunSmart. Cancer Council WA states […]

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How many sun protection boxes does your school tick?

Is your school wanting to improve sun protection for students and staff, but is not sure where to start? This checklist will help to identify what your school is already doing well and what needs to be improved on. Your school can then prioritise actions. School organisation, ethos and environment  Students and staff wear […]

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Physical activity and sun protection – how to encourage both for healthy kids

For most, these facts are most likely not new: Physical activity is important for immediate and long-term physical and mental health Australian children are not meeting the daily recommendations for physical activity* Research supports the importance of play for young children Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world Ultraviolet […]

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