ASB MAGAZINE: Surfing Western Australia is thrilled to announce a two-year extension to it’s partnership with Healthway to deliver skin cancer prevention education to Western Australians through the SunSmart message. This vital funding will assist Surfing WA to deliver a suite of events and education programs that encourage sun protection and provide healthier community events for around 130,000 Western Australians. Healthway have been a long-term supporter of Surfing WA, with the partnership spanning close to three decades.
The two-year extension will aim at encouraging young Western Australians who are surfing or being active outdoors to adopt sun safe behaviours that prevent skin cancer by remembering to – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.
With around two in three Australians developing skin cancer before the age of 70, reducing sun exposure in childhood and adolescence can greatly reduce the chance of developing skin cancer later in life.
Surfing WA will collaborate with the Cancer Council WA’s SunSmart Schools Program, to provide opportunities for schools and students to receive ongoing sun safety education.
“The partnership approach to providing SunSmart education is an important strategy for reducing harm from skin cancer in the WA community,” said WA Health Minister Roger Cook. “It’s important for children and young people to understand the dangers of overexposure to the sun and how to protect themselves. Summer is on our doorstep and we want children and families to be active and spend time outdoors, so we need to educate them to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.”
“The SunSmart message has become synonymous with Surfing WA events and programs over the years,” said Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane. “We’re thrilled to be extending the partnership and believe genuinely in the delivery of this important health message to West Australians of all ages.”