Goal 3: Increase adoption of sun protection behaviours

This goal aims to increase the adoption of sun protection behaviours by NSW residents, with a specific focus on the following priority populations:

  • children (under 12 years of age)
  • adolescents and young adults (13–24 years of age)
  • adult males 40 years of age and older.

Sun protection behaviours

Evidence demonstrates that people can reduce their exposure to UVR by adopting the following sun protection behaviours when UV levels are 3 and above:

 Slip on clothing that covers your arms and legs

Choose shirts with collars, high necks and sleeves and trousers, or longer shorts and skirts that fall below the knees.

 Slop on 30+ broad‑spectrum waterresistant sunscreen

Apply generously 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours. Never rely on sunscreen alone.

 Slap on a broad‑brimmed hat that protects your face, ears and neck

Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire style hats provide good protection. Baseball caps are not recommended, as they do not protect the ears, cheeks or neck.

 Seek shade whenever you can

It is especially important to seek shade when UV levels are highest between 10am and 2pm (11am and 3pm during daylight saving).

 Slide on wrap‑around sunglasses.

These sunglasses should meet Australian Standard AS1067 and fit your face well.

Numerous skin cancer prevention public education initiatives, including social marketing campaigns, will continue throughout this Strategy. These campaigns will consistently promote the adoption of best‑practice sun protection behaviours and target priority populations, when possible.

Campaigns will be supplemented by the development, refinement and dissemination of targeted skin cancer prevention resources.

Data and information will be used to monitor and evaluate progress against this goal under the Strategy, including evaluation of individual campaigns, programs and interventions.