A pilot observational study of environmental summertime health risk behaviour in central Brisbane, Queensland: opportunities to raise sun protection awareness in Australia’s Sunshine State

Dexter, Ben and King, Rachel and Harrison, Simone L. and Parisi, Alfio V. and Downs, Nathan J. (2018) A pilot observational study of environmental summertime health risk behaviour in central Brisbane, Queensland: opportunities to raise sun protection awareness in Australia’s Sunshine State. Photochemistry and Photobiology. ISSN 0031-8655

Abstract

Melanoma skin cancer rates in Queensland exceed the national Australian incidence rate, which together with New Zealand are recognised as the world’s highest. Incidence is especially high among younger members of the population. In this study, the sun-protective behaviours of urban Queenslanders (n = 752) going about their day-to-day activities during a mid-week noon time hourly period were observed on a summer’s day in central Brisbane (27.47° S, 153.03° E), Australia. Observed sun protection practices were poor, given the time of year and peak solar noon-period of the study. More individuals (n=249; 33.1%) were seen wearing sunglasses than a hat (n=101; 13.4%). Ninety-three individuals were actively engaging with mobile phones (phone in hand). A further 231 individuals (30.7%) were observed with a mobile phone on them. Opportunities to modify group behaviour based on mobile phone sun protection notifications and to engage with ‘at risk’ members of the Queensland population are considered from the variable co-dependencies examined in this study, including the influence of social group size, observed sun protection and mobile phone use. Our preliminary findings suggest that mobile phones provide an under-utilised opportunity for delivering tailored skin cancer prevention messaging.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 7 September 2018. Accepted version embargoed until 1 October 2019 (12 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 00:17
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 02:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: skin cancer, Queensland, UV, mobile phone, hats, sunglasses, behaviour
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/php.13011
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34983

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