World Cancer Day on 4 February 2022 will focus on inequities in cancer care under the theme ‘close the care gap’. Cancer Council ACT wants to help close the care gap by highlighting the inequities of cancer care that have, and continue to, occur throughout the COVID pandemic.
An Honors study being conducted through the University of Canberra Faculty of Health is seeking a range of participants across Australia to be part of a interview based study on the unmet supportive care needs of those affected by cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Vitamin D, which is needed to develop and maintain strong and healthy bones is made in the body when the skin is exposed to small amounts of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVB). Almost all vitamin D comes from the sun’s UVR.
Cancer Council ACT is a non government not-for-profit community organisation that aims to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region. The Council depends largely on the generosity of the ACT and surrounding community providing donations and supporting fundraising initiatives.
Dr Denise Kraus MBBS FRACGP M. For Med. has been practicing medicine in Canberra for 35 years. During this time, she has worked in the areas of preventative health, and treatment across refugee health, student health, mental health, aged care, HIV care.
Centre-based early childhood services, including pre-school, long day care, kindergarten and occasional care, all play a significant role in minimising our children’s time spent in the sun. Staff can help change behaviour by acting as SunSmart role models and incorporating games and activities around skin protection.
Short answer is YES. Australia has the highest skin cancer rates in the world and ACT schools have a duty of care to protect the students and staff (WH&S) under their care from any foreseeable harm, this includes over-exposure to the sun's UV radiation.