ASSC Sun Exposure Summit March 2021

The Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) hosted the Sun Exposure Summit, in March 2021.

The purpose of the Sun Exposure Summit was to discuss the harms and benefits of sun exposure, with the overall aim of considering whether current advice has the balance right and is able to be implemented in public health and clinical practice. https://wiki.cancer.org.au/policy/Position_statement_-_Risks_and_benefits_of_sun_exposure

Supported by the Queensland Government, the summit took the form of a 2-day virtual conference, followed one week later by an invitation-only Policy Roundtable.

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Session 1:
Introduction to the Sun Exposure Summit
Rachel Neale
Current public health guidelines: implementation and understandingCraig Sinclair
An overview of available guidelines / position statementsChristina Verma
The UVI and its relationship to UV doseRichard McKenzie
Burden of skin cancer in Australia and NZCatherine Olsen
Sun exposure dose needed to cause skin cancer: is sunburn a necessary cause?David Whiteman
Session 2: Clinical and Consumer Perspectives
Chaired by Craig Sinclair
Adj. Associate Professor David Francis, Australasian College of Dermatologists
Associate Professor Cherie Chiang, Australian and New Zealand Bone & Mineral Society
Dr Solange Green, Skin Cancer Doctor
Associate Professor Jane Smith, Royal Australasian College of General Practice
Isha Sharma, Consumer
Jessica Stafford, Consumer, Melanoma Patients Australia
Session 3: Vitamin D and health: fact and fictionRobyn Lucas
Vitamin D and musculoskeletal healthGraeme Jones
Vitamin D and other health outcomes in adultsRachel Neale
Vitamin D during pregnancyRebecca Mason
Vitamin D and diverse populationsGeorgia Paxton
Vitamin D deficiency in AustraliaEleanor Dunlop
The SACN guidelines: modelling to prevent vitamin D deficiency in the UKAnn Webb
Session 4: It’s not all about vitamin DMonika Janda
Benefits of exposure to UV radiation through non-vitamin D pathwaysRobyn Lucas
Sun exposure and the eyes: harms and benefitsDavid Mackey
Daylight exposure and other benefitsAnna Wirz-Justice
Session 5: Panel discussion
Balancing the risks and benefits of sun exposure
Chaired by David Whiteman
Adj. Associate Professor David Francis, Australasian College of Dermatologists
Adj. Associate Professor Craig Sinclair, Cancer Council Victoria
Professor Ann Webb, University of Manchester
Professor Rebecca Mason, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Georgia Paxton, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

On behalf of the Sun Exposure Summit Organising Committee:

Professor Rachel Neale, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Professor David Whiteman, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Professor Monika Janda, The University of Queensland
Professor Robyn Lucas, Australian National University
Professor Graeme Jones, University of Tasmania
Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Sinclair, Cancer Council Victoria