Become a SunSmart school – protect children from harmful UV rays

Kids in hats at a SunSmart School

Letter to the Editor
January 31, 2018 

Dear Editor,

Queensland’s sun is harsh. We have the unfortunate title of the skin cancer capital of the world and when children are at school, daily ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are at their peak.

This brings responsibility to schools, as well as a wonderful opportunity to educate children about UV and engender sun protective behaviours as second nature.

We know that proper sun protection during childhood and adolescence reduces lifetime risk of skin cancer – so we need to ensure Queensland kids are best protected every day they’re out and about.

This is why I am urging all Queensland schools to join the National SunSmart Program.

Since 1999, the National SunSmart Program has been recognising Queensland primary schools, Outside School Hours Care and early childhood centres who are leaders in helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

I encourage Queensland parents, students and local communities to talk to their schools or child care centres about signing up.

Successful applicants will be provided with a free SunSmart sign to proudly display, a certificate and ongoing access to educational resources.

To apply, or find out more information, visit

Ms Chris McMillan
CEO, Cancer Council Queensland


For more information, please contact:

Lisa Maynard, Public Relations and Social Media Manager, Cancer Council Queensland
Ph: (07) 3634 5171 or 0488 015 702