The Real Stories education resource for Year 7-10 secondary school students includes a series of videos and lessons examining the issues related to young people and skin cancer. The activities throughout the resource can be used individually or as part of a comprehensive unit. Teachers should note that reference is made to skin cancer throughout the resource and can therefore be upsetting for students. The resource addresses the consequences of cancer and shows footage of surgical procedures. It is recommended that teachers review the material beforehand to ensure it is suitable for students.
The Healthy Schools Network ACT website (for teachers)
Canberra secondary school teachers and parents can now access all their school's health and wellbeing needs from one website. The website was launched in late 2014 and includes resources, tools, support and PL opportunities from Canberra's leading health Not For Profit Organisations, including Cancer Council ACT. You can also follow the Healthy Schools Network ACT on Twitter @hsnACT
ACT secondary schools are encouraged to upload the FREE SunSmart Widget to their school's website. The widget not only works as a general reminder to be SunSmart, but it also indicates what time sun protection is required each day along with a daily max temperature and rain forecast for Canberra.
ACT school teachers and secondary school students can download the free SunSmart app to their Smartphone. The app highlights very clearly what time of the day you should be thinking about sun protection, it also offers a daily weather forecast and general reminders. Check it out.
Hope - Turning the page on cancer
Is your classroom turning the page on cancer? Developed by Cancer Council NSW this interactive website page (just 1) is a great tool to open up classroom conversation about the 5 big cancers, including melanoma skin cancer that affect Australians and how we can reduce our personal risk from a young age.
Can students access sunscreen throughout your school setting? If not, why not? When it comes to sun protection behaviour amongst ACT teens, wearing sunscreen appears to be the most common behaviour, secondary schools should therefore consider making sunscreen more accessible.
Cancer Council has a limited number of sunscreen brackets available to ACT secondary schools (at cost price). To order contact Cancer Council ACT on (02) 6257 9999.
Free shade audit
A shade audit is the first step in ensuring there is adequate shade to protect as many people as possible using an outdoor space from overexposure to UV.
SunSmart recommends a shade audit be conducted for outdoor spaces:
- that cater primarily for children, such as early childhood services, schools and playgrounds
- where people could be exposed to high levels of UV, such as sports venues, parks and pools
An audit will explore all possible solutions for reducing UV exposure by shade.
Recommendations can be used to:
- demonstrate the need to improve the level of UV protection
- seek support and funding to develop new shade
- plan long-term landscaping and development works to achieve a healthy outdoor spaces
UV risk reduction: A planning guide for secondary schools
This 20 page booklet outlines the issues secondary schools may face around sun protection behavior. It includes tips towards developing and implementing a sun protection policy for your school, curriculum activity ideas and links to other information.
Availability: FREE download.
How SunSmart are you? An innovative game-based resource for Year 7 students that promotes the science behind the SunSmart message.