Student Health

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Your doctor

Your school principal. Click here for school contact details or phone (02) 9561 8000. Queries about individual students should be directed, in the first instance, to the student’s school

For further advice and questions please contact your local educational services team by phoning 131 536

General enquiries about student health contact Student Engagement and Interagency Partnerships by phoning (02) 9244 5321.




 

Sun safety

Our schools take sun safety seriously and implement a range of strategies to support school environments that protect students from the damaging effects of the sun.

Each school has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for students and staff and this includes providing adequate protection from the sun.

  

Schools use the Sun Safety for Students Guidelines (Ms word 268kB) to plan and implement comprehensive sun safety for students. Support tools and information sheets are included on this site:


Much of the sun exposure that causes skin damage occurs in childhood and adolescence

By the age of 15 many children have developed irreversible skin damage from exposure to the sun.

While skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia, it is estimated that 95% of skin cancers can be prevented through reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Effective sun safety involves the school community working together

By reducing exposure to the sun and increasing the uptake of sun safe strategies, schools can make a significant contribution to community efforts to reduce skin cancer and related skin damage.

Schools support students and preschool children to understand why sun safety is important and to take action to protect themselves such as:

  • wearing sun safe hats, clothing and sunglasses
  • seeking shade during peak UVR times during the school day
  • wearing SPF 30+ (or higher) sunscreen.

Teachers, parents and carers and visitors to the school all have a role to model sun safety, for example, wearing a broad brimmed hat for school activities held outside.

Encouraging children and young people to practise sun safety is a shared responsibility. Whether in the backyard or on the beach, children and young people should wear a sun safe hat and sunscreen. By practising sun safety at home, parents and caregivers support the messages taught at school about sun safety.

Children and young people will come to appreciate the importance of sun protection not only during their schooling, but also throughout their life.

 

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