Is your child SunSmart ?

Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. Sun exposure in the first 15 years of life contributes significantly to the lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancers account for 80% of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia each year. Melanoma is the most diagnosed cancer for 15 – 44 year olds.

Padua students (secondary school age) are expected to be SunSmart aware, noting that UV index ratings are typically High, Very High or Extreme between September and April. This basic education starts at home and is reinforced at school.

As such, the College actively encourages and assists students to be responsible for their own sun protection. They should be proactive with sunscreen and wear their hat on days when they spend any time outside between 9am and 5pm.” 

Families should note that hats are part of the summer uniform. Carrying a small container of 30+ sunscreen in the schoolbag is also a very good idea.

Families can download the SunSmart app http://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/interactive-tools/free-sunsmart-app to stay informed using the following features.

* Personalisation: Download the app and personalise it with your natural skin type, height, weight, age, gender and set your location for anywhere in Australia.

* Reminders: Set up a sun protection alert and receive daily reminders for the times of day when UV reaches a level that can damage your skin and eyes, as well as two-hour reminders to re-apply       sunscreen.

* Sunscreen calculator: Use the sunscreen calculator to find out how much sunscreen you need to apply, taking account of your size and clothing.

* Vitamin D tracker: Find out how much UV exposure you need for vitamin D.

* Seven-day weather forecast: Check the weather for the week ahead for any location in Australia.

Matt Crosling
OHS Coordinator