Workplaces and Community Groups
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Skin cancer can effect indoor and outdoor workers, this is because different forms of skin cancer is related to different forms of sun exposure patterns. Plus just growing up in Australia increases your risk of developing skin cancer and so all workers should be aware of changes to their skin, know what to look for and importantly what to do if they have any concerns.
Office workers may also be at greater risk of lower vitamin D levels (vitamin D is a hormone and is important for healthy bones and muscles) due to their limited time outdoors each day. For this reason office workers should be aware of the balanace required between sensible sun protection to protect themselves from skin cancer, and some daily sun exposure to maintain adequate vitamin D levels, yet not increase the risk of skin cancer.
Each year in Australia skin cancer kills over 1850 (ABS 2010) people. Cancer Council ACT offers local indoor and outdoor workplaces, organisations, government departments and community groups resources to learn more about skin cancer prevention and awareness, including the importance of early detection and knowing YOUR skin.
eLearning for ACT office workers- now available and free
Cancer Council has launched a free online education resource to address recent confusion around how much sun you need to produce sufficient vitamin D and how much will increase your risk of skin cancer.
The course is aimed primarily at indoor workers whose typical pattern of minimal sun exposure during the working week and high recreational sun exposure on sunny weekends or summer holidays can put them at risk of vitamin D deficiency, while also increasing their risk of skin cancer.
Cancer Council's SunSmart Workplace Information Sessions
Cancer Council ACT encourages workplaces and community groups to host a General SunSmart Information session. The session covers:
- What is Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR)?
- Skin Cancer in Australia
- What is Skin Cancer?
- Knowing your skin and the importance of early detection
- SunSmart UV Alert
- Vitamin D and Sun Protection
If your workplace or community group is interested in hosting a SunSmart Workplace Information Session then download a SunSmart Workplace Information Session Booking Form today and return it to Cancer Council ACT.
*The cost of a standard 1 hour session including participant hand outs and posters for your workplace cost $350. A reduced rate per session is offered for multiple bookings- see booking form. There is also a reduced rate for community groups and not- for- profit/ non-government organisations.
Workplace Medical Checks and Skin Cancer
Cancer Council ACT does not operate, recommend or endorse any skin check services or clinics in Canberra. If your organisation decides to provide a skin check service for workers, it is important to ensure the medical practitioner conducting the checks has expertise and training in the area of skin cancer.
Remember: All workers should be encouraged, and provided with information, to examine their own skin, whether thay attend a workplace skin cancer check or not.
Cancer Council's Portable Information Display (PID)
Cancer Council ACT also offers local workplaces, organisations and community groups the opportunity to hire out our PID. The display can be hired out for the working week (or the day) allowing your workers or group members an opportunity to access a wide range of invaluable information on general cancer prevention, screening, early detection and awareness, including SunSmart and Quit.
To book the PID for your workplace event complete and return your Booking Form today.
For more information on our General SunSmart Information Sessions of the Portable Information Display please contact us on 6257 9999.
Cancer Council's SunSmart Events Package
Is your community organisation, school or workplace planning an outdoor event? If so, do you need more shade?
The SunSmart Events Package is FREE and includes:
- A 3m x 3m shade marquee
- A generous discount on your sunscreen purchase
- Posters/Brochures (upon request)
- A Be SunSmart Today sign for your event (free download)
- A large SunSmart tear-drop banner to display
This summer Cancer Council ACT encourages your workplace, school or community group to plan its outdoor event primarily outside the daily peak UV period (11am-3pm) because this is the time of the day when UV levels soar to VERY HIGH to EXTREME levels during this time of the year in Canberra and the risk of sunburn and skin damage is significantly increased.
Remember that a combination of the 5 sun protection measures is recommended when UV levels reach 3 and above!
Organisations will be expected to pick up and return the package from the Cancer Council ACT office at Fairbairn (a station wagon or equivalent will be required) . To reserve the SunSmart Event Package for your next event complete and return your Booking Form today. Cancer Council ACT also offers a discount on sunscreenwhen loaning out the SunSmart Events Package.
Sunscreen for Community Events
Unfortunately Cancer Council ACT cannot supply free sunscreen for your next community or workplace event. However, if you event is committed toward helping us raise SunSmart awareness then please book a SunSmart Events Package and with it receive a discount on your sunscreen puchase.