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Australian SunSmart Technology Goes Global In New App

Tuesday 2 May, 2023

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians being diagnosed in their lifetime. UV radiation is the main cause; however, most people don’t think to check UV levels before going outside — until now.

In June, we launched the SunSmart Global UV app to an international audience. The app provides reliable, at-a-glance UV level forecasts in Australia and across the world. It takes data from trusted agencies and translates it into clear, evidence-based sun protection advice from the Cancer Council.

The app was launched internationally by the World Health Organization in conjunction with the World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Environment Program, and the International Labour Organisation.

“The purpose of the SunSmart Global UV app is ambitious,” said Cancer Council Victoria’s Head of Prevention and Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Sinclair. “Our aim is to reduce the number of people across the world developing skin cancer and experiencing UV-related eye damage.”

Created with Deakin University, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and the Bureau of Meteorology, the new SunSmart Global UV app brings together decades of experience of delivering sun protection information to the Australian public.

“Through our world leading SunSmart program, we’ve learnt a lot about how to improve sun protection behaviours at a population level and so it’s exciting to share that knowledge globally,” Mr Sinclair said.

Use the SunSmart Global UV app to check the times of the day you should be using sun protection wherever you are in the world.

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