The Victorian Sun Protection Survey is an approximately triennial telephone survey, commencing in the summer of 1997-1998. It interviews a representative sample of Victorians aged 14 to 69 years over summer about their sun-related attitudes, and their sun protection behaviours and sunburn on the past weekend. The study methods permit examination of time trends in the prevalence of sun protection behaviours and sunburn, after adjusting for temperature, UV levels and other weather variables. The study also provides an assessment of the population-based effects of skin cancer prevention policies and SunSmart’s skin cancer prevention mass media campaigns on sun protection behaviours. The survey provides reports to SunSmart to inform its media and program activity. Some research output of particular note is prepared for peer-reviewed journal publications.
Dr Suzanne Dobbinson, Dr Tamara Tabbakh
SunSmart Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria
1987 - present