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Centre for Behavioural
Research in Cancer

Melbourne Sun Observation Study

The Sun Observation Study is a serial, cross-sectional observation study of sun protection behaviours at outdoor recreation settings including parks, beaches/pools, tennis courts, golf courses and busy outdoor streets and cafes in Melbourne. Originally commenced in 1992, it is conducted semi-annually on weekends over mid to late summer, with up to 1,000 observations made at each setting. Intercept interviews may be used to enhance the observational data with self-reported information on sunscreen use. The study enables monitoring of sun protection trends. Observational data collected through this study may also be compared to self-reported survey data and used to evaluate SunSmart program activities. Some research output is prepared for peer-reviewed journal publications.

CBRC staff

Dr Clover Maitland, Tegan Nuss, Dr Suzanne Dobbinson, Maree Scully, Ass Prof Helen Dixon


SunSmart Victoria


Cancer Council Victoria


1992 - present