NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy

The impact of skin cancer, both in the number of people affected and in the costs to our health system, is significant. However, skin cancer has been found to be one of the most preventable cancers.

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Vision: To reduce the incidence of skin cancer in NSW

This second NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy highlights the NSW Government’s continued commitment to reducing overexposure to UVR by focusing its strategies and actions towards achieving the following goals:

Children, Adolescents and young adults, Adult males over 40

goal 1

Objectives:

  • Improve awareness of policies and guidelines
  • Increase capacity for development and implementation of policies and guidelines
  • Use data and information to monitor extent and quality of policies and guidelines

goal 2

Objectives: 

  • Improve awareness and understanding of adequate shade
  • Improve measurement of shade availability and adequacy
  • Increase availability of adequate shade
  • Use data and information to monitor shade availability and adequacy

goal 3

Objectives:

  • Ensure that skin cancer messaging is consistent and in line with best practice
  • Positive change in UVR protection knowledge, attitudes and behaviours
  • Use data and information to assess the impact of public education campaigns and other interventions

Community, Education, Workplaces, Recreation, Healthcare services


Guiding principles

Giding Principle 1

Public sector, private sector and community sharing responsibility and working effectively together to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in NSW.

Giding Principle 2

Learning from and building on the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy 2012–to15.

Giding Principle 3

Public sector, private sector and community sharing responsibility and working effectively together to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in NSW.

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Current Skin Cancer Advisory Committee member organisations:

  • Association of Independent Schools
  • Cancer Council NSW
  • Cancer Institute NSW
  • Catholic Education Commission
  • Environment Protection Authority
  • Melanoma Institute Australia
  • NSW Department of Education
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • NSW Office of Sport
  • SafeWork NSW
  • Skin and Cancer Foundation
"This strategy will continue to drive and support colaborative partnerships betwwen a dirverse group of government stakeholders, providing wel-defined common goals and the means to monitor and report progress". The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical research

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