- Almost $900,000 in Healthway grants for sun safety education and awareness programs
- Cancer Council receives $825,000 for its SunSmart awareness campaign
- Telethon Kids Institute benefits from $74,956 research funding grant for new online sun safety tool
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced Healthway grants totalling $899,956 towards the education and promotion of sun safety to reduce the incidence of skin cancer.
Two in three Australians will develop skin cancer before the age of 70, and every year more than 2,300 people die from the disease.
In Western Australia in 2014, more than 230 people died from skin cancer (melanoma and non-melanoma).
A grant of $825,000 has been allocated to the Cancer Council of Western Australia to continue its SunSmart awareness campaign until the end of 2020.
The funding, provided by the State Government through Healthway, will go towards sun protection awareness raising initiatives such as the continuation of the digital outdoor worker ultraviolet (UV) daily campaign and SunSmart fashion project in partnership with Curtin University.
In addition, more than $74,000 has also been granted to the Telethon Kids Institute to develop and test an online tool, targeted at teenagers - in particular those aged 12-13, to improve awareness of good sun protection and Vitamin D.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The State Government is committed to supporting initiatives which educate the community about skin cancer and prevention.
"By remembering to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide when the UV is 3 or higher, people can minimise their exposure to UV radiation, and reduce their risk of developing skin cancers.
"During the height of summer, while many of us are holidaying and spending time outdoors, it is timely to remember the importance of sun safe behaviour to help prevent skin cancer."
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