Journal article

Implementation of the SunSmart program and population sun protection behaviour in Melbourne, Australia: Results from cross-sectional summer surveys from 1987 to 2017

Tamara Tabbakh, Angela Volkov, Melanie Wakefield, Suzanne Dobbinson

PLoS Medicine | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. 'SunSmart' is a multi-component, internationally recognised community-wide skin cancer prevention program implemented in Melbourne, Australia, since summer 1988-1989. Following recent reductions in melanoma rates among younger Australian cohorts, the extent of behaviour change and the potential contribution of prevention programs to this decline in melanoma rates are of interest. Sun protection is a multifaceted behaviour. Measures previously applied to monitor change over time in preventive behaviour for this population focused on individual behaviours. The omission of multiple behaviours that reduce exposure to ul..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by Cancer Council Victoria during 1987 to 2002. Since 2003 the study has been conducted as a component of the National Sun Protection Survey which is funded by Cancer Council Australia and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. All authors were supported by Cancer Council Victoria. MW is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship (Wakefield: ID 1109720). No funding bodies had any role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.