Key messages

  • Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians being diagnosed with the disease before age 70.
  • There are simple, effective measures to reduce the risk of acquiring skin cancer.
  • Early detection means most skin cancers can be successfully treated.
Historically, skin cancer prevention activity in Victoria has been fragmented and has lacked overarching policy to guide effective and sustainable activity. In response to this, the Victorian Government developed the Skin Cancer Prevention Framework 2013–2017, a comprehensive, community-wide approach to reducing the burden of skin cancer in Victoria.

The framework identifies a number of opportunities and actions to improve skin cancer prevention initiatives. The initiatives are informed by evidence and extensive consultation with the Victorian health sector and community.

The Skin Cancer Prevention Framework 2013–2017 is available for download.