Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure during childhood and adolescence has a big impact on future skin cancer risk. Students are in school when daily UV levels are at their peak, meaning schools are uniquely placed to educate about sun protection behaviour, minimise UV exposure and ultimately reduce a student’s lifetime risk of skin cancer. The national SunSmart Schools program supports schools in creating sun safe environments and promoting sun protection behaviours to students, staff and families.
Support for WA schools
- The SunSmart Schools program assists schools to minimise over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and reduce the risk of skin cancer by developing a comprehensive sun protection policy.
- Sun protection resources and curriculum materials, include best practice guidelines for implementation of sun protection in schools.
- Teachers and staff can access free online professional learning modules at Generation SunSmart.