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Implementation of the SunSmart program and population sun protection behaviour in Melbourne Australia

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Tabbakh, Tamara (Cancer Council Victoria)
  • Volkov, Angela (Cancer Council Victoria)
  • Wakefield, Melanie (Cancer Council Victoria)
  • Dobbinson, Suzanne (Cancer Council Victoria)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Cancer Council Victoria (1987-2002)
  • Cancer Council Australia (2003-2017)
  • Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2006-07 and 2013-14)
Free Keywords
Tanning attitude; Sun protection; Skin cancer prevention; Sunburn; Maximal protection
  • Abstract

    Cancer Council Victoria's Sun Protection Survey (SPS) has provided comprehensive data to assess the prevalence of sun-related knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and sunburn among the population in Victoria since 1987. These data have been used to inform and evaluate the implementation of SunSmart, the long-running skin cancer prevention program in Victoria. The surveys were conducted on behalf on Cancer Council Australia as part of a larger national survey in the later years (2003-2017). Essentially equivalent methods were used across all survey years. The methods described here pertain to the data prepared for a manuscript entitled "Implementation of the SunSmart program and population sun protection behaviour in Melbourne Australia". The study used a cross-sectional (observational) design, recruiting on a weekly basis a representative sample of Victorian adolescents (14-17 years) and adults (18-69 years) to telephone interviews during the summer months. Survey data for 14 summers between 1987 and 2017 are available for analysis. The detailed measures focus on respondents' activities, behaviour and sunburn on the weekend or public holiday prior to the respondents' interview. Interviews were held within two to four days of the reported behaviour to minimise recall bias. The behavioural measures which focused on a specific time and location enabled linkage with weather and UV records for Melbourne on the dates relevant to the respondents' reported behaviour. The specific data appended were: (i) the 3pm temperature and mean UV Index between 11am-3pm (DST) for the weekend date; and (ii) the number of days of rainfall (1mm or more), number of days of heavy cloud cover (6 oktas or more), and median 3pm temperature over the past month.
  • Weighting

    Population-based weights based on the estimated resident population of Melbourne by age and sex.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-01-01 / 2017-12-31
    Time Period: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1987--Sun Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2017
Geographic Coverage
  • Melbourne, Australia
Quotas were used to ensure the sample was proportional to the population by age and sex, while younger respondents were oversampled in some years. 
Collection Mode
  • telephone interview~~


Update Metadata: 2019-09-02 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-09-02

Tabbakh, Tamara; Volkov, Angela; Wakefield, Melanie; Dobbinson, Suzanne (2018): Implementation of the SunSmart program and population sun protection behaviour in Melbourne Australia. Version: 2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.