Sun safety education
The following links to support sun safety education in Queensland schools include sites from a range of organisations such as government departments and non-government organisations. Information and resources on these sites should be checked for appropriateness for the student cohort and the needs of the community before using them in learning experiences. It is at the discretion of the principal, in consultation with the school community, as to the inclusion of resources in school-based programs.
Cancer Council Queensland (Skin cancer page)
This website includes information such as early detection, sun protection, sun safety for early childhood and a large range of resources .
Queensland Health (Skin Health-Sun safety page)
This site includes information relating to various aspects of skin safety such as fake tanning, heat related illness, sunburn and sun glasses.
This interactive game is designed for primary school students from Years 3-7. The game is aligned with the Essential Learnings in the Health and Physical Education Learning Area.
An inter-space hero travels to other planets to learn how his people can be protected from the sun's harmful rays. Through his adventures, students learn how they can be protected from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, seeking shade and avoiding the sun when the UV Index is high.
Sun safety Year 3 — Shade Alert and Sun safety Year 5 — How SunSmart are students at your school? are designed to compliment this interactive game.
School sun safety case studies
Many secondary schools in Queensland are successfully engaging students in developing and implementing sun protection policies in their school. Read some case studies and watch vodcasts of work being undertaken in Queensland schools.
Sun Safety Queensland Government
This website is a resource for sun safety in settings such as early childhood, schools, local government, sporting and recreation, workplaces, health professionals and the general public.
This not-for-profit site has been produced to help illustrate by way of diagrams and UV charts the intensity of the Queensland sun. It includes a downloadable brochure Sun safety in the Sunshine State.
Cancer Council Australia
This site contains information about skin cancer, risk factors and prevention. It also includes a SunSmart position paper and SunSmart Schools page.
The Health of Queenslanders 2010
The Health of Queenslanders 2010 details 23 key specific chronic and communicable diseases and causes of injury that:
– are a major cause of health burden in the Queensland population
– have a high level of preventability
– are current or emerging issues requiring greater scrutiny and potential investment.
Areas and issues that are relevant to HPE include; sun safety, tobacco smoking, alcohol, illicit drugs, communicable disease, unsafe sex, food and nutrition, overweight and obesity, diabetes and physical inactivity.