This research program includes surveillance of skin cancer prevention attitudes, knowledge and behaviours among Victorian adults and adolescents. This includes analysis of established health datasets that contain relevant indicators, as well as monitoring and reporting on threats and opportunities in skin cancer prevention, such as banning solaria. This research program also involves pilot-testing and establishing new research methods to monitor key indicators into the future, including establishment of a population-based online survey of summer sun protection attitudes, knowledge and behaviours of Victorian adults. Regular internal reports are produced for SunSmart and other stakeholders that inform program and advocacy activities. This and other research programs contribute to Cancer Council Victoria’s designation as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Ultraviolet Radiation.
Dr Suzanne Dobbinson, Dr Anna Nicholson, Dr Helen Dixon, Maree Scully
World Health Organization (Radiation Program, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health), Craig Sinclair (Prevention Division, Cancer Council Victoria), SunSmart Victoria
SunSmart Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria
1987 - present