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  • SunSmart Hat-Wearing Toolkit

    Thank you for being a SunSmart champion at your school and part of Cancer Council SA’s vision for a cancer free future. This toolkit is designed to assist you, as your school’s champion, in the implementation of SunSmart hat-wearing—one of the five forms of best-practice sun protection. 

    Getting started with the Toolkit

    The Toolkit is divided into three phases; Plan, Do and Review, and leads you through simple steps, with useful tips and resources to support you. It can be used at any stage of the hat-wearing journey, whether you’re looking to phase out baseball caps from the school uniform or reinforce current SunSmart hat-wearing behaviour.

    Read the SunSmart Hat-Wearing Champion’s Guide (PDF) for an overview of each step.

    Click on the phases below to get started.


    Why SunSmart hats?

    The number of young people diagnosed with melanoma is decreasing, and this reduction has been attributed to our sun protection efforts including the SunSmart Schools and Early Childhood Program. However, more can be done to enhance sun protection and normalise SunSmart hat-wearing in schools.

    SunSmart hats, such as broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire style hats, protect the face, back of the neck, and ears, and can reduce the amount of UV reaching the eyes by 50 per cent. Baseball caps and visors are not SunSmart as they leave parts of the face, neck and ears unprotected from the sun’s harmful UV.

    Ensuring all students wear a SunSmart hat can be a challenge. There are three areas that successful primary schools address, represented in the model below.

    Every school is different and has unique challenges. What works in one school may not work in another and not every resource we’ve developed will be relevant for your school.

    Check out our case studies to see how other schools have used the Toolkit.


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  • Aboriginal Quitline

    Aboriginal Quitline

    The Aboriginal Quitline Team are available to help you give up the smokes for good. Yarn with an Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor today on 13 78 48. Call us to get in touch, or we can call you.

  • Cut Your Risk

    Cut Your Risk

    June is Bowel Cancer Month, a great time to make simple lifestyle changes that can help you reduce your bowel cancer risk and improve your general health and wellbeing.

  • Do you have a cancer question?

    Do you have a cancer question?

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