Sun protection policies and strategies of state primary schools in southeast Queensland

Tejada, Zandro C. (1999). Sun protection policies and strategies of state primary schools in southeast Queensland Master's Thesis, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Tejada, Zandro C.
Thesis Title Sun protection policies and strategies of state primary schools in southeast Queensland
School, Centre or Institute School of Medicine
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Sandi Pirozzo
Total pages 79
Language eng
Subjects 730117 Skin and related disorders
Formatted abstract This dissertation evaluates the implementation of Sun Protection Policies and Strategies of State Primary Schools in Southeast Queensland. Research activities undertaken in order to identify the degree of implementation include; (i) a comprehensive literature review on the incidence of skin cancer and magnitude of its problem, various sun protection programs, recent findings related to sun protection strategies; (ii) the identification of various current sun protection strategies and the extent to which these have been implemented in Primary Schools in Southeast Queensland; (iii) the formulation and administration of an appropriate research instrument in the form of a questionnaire to identify the presence of a policy and the degree of implementation of each strategy.

The findings of this study indicate that primary schools in Southeast Queensland implement sun protection strategies, despite the fact that the majority of them do not have an existing written sun protection policy. Each school differs in the methods employed and degree of implementation. Strategies used include sun protective school uniform, use of sunscreen lotion, shade provision and staff role modelling. The presence of a written sun protection policy has been examined and the majority of schools do not have them. Various factors which serve as barriers to the use of a written sun protection policy have been identified. These include: lack of staff support, lack of parent support, lack of awareness of the need for a policy, lack of personnel, failure to consider it a priority, incorporation of strategies into operational plan, limited time and the presence of sun protection activities without a policy.

As a result of the findings in this study, a range of recommended actions have been put in place. Such recommendations include regular review of sun protection strategies, close monitoring by concerned agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of the current sun protection policy and provision of the means for policy improvement and support to continuously evaluate the implementation of strategies and methods.
Keyword Skin -- Cancer -- Queensland -- Brisbane -- Prevention
Children -- Health and hygiene -- Queensland -- Brisbane
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