Ensuring teenagers are aware of the danger of melanoma and the importance of sun safety is the mission of our educational program. This unique peer-to-peer learning program is an initiative of Melanoma Institute Australia and is run in partnership with Sydney Local Health District, Northern Sydney Local Health District, Cancer Council NSW and Cancer Council WA.

Secondary schools are invited to participate in the SunSafe Student Ambassador Program by attending one of our free workshops – held in Sydney, Perth, Wagga Wagga and Hobart – which will empower students to share the sun-safe message in their own school.

The workshop trains representative students in the importance of sun safety and how to deliver an engaging presentation. The students then go back to their schools and, using the skills they have learned, deliver a sun-safe presentation to their peers. The program also helps students to support sun safety practices in their school beyond the presentation.

The workshop is run in a collaborative learning environment with local schools and has been designed to meet learning outcomes from the Years 8 and 9 PDHPE/HPE curriculum.

Students will learn about:
• Melanoma and why it is relevant
• How to prevent melanoma
• How to give an engaging presentation
• How to make their school more sun-safe

To participate in this program:
• Schools must register to participate and nominate 2-3 students from Years 8 and/or 9 to attend.
• A teacher (or school nurse) must accompany the students to the workshop and be willing to co-ordinate the follow up required after the presentation.
• Students must be willing to present to their grade before the end of the school year.


“I thought it was really engaging and I learnt a lot that I otherwise would not have. The day taught useful skills and important information that I will take with me through the rest of my life.” – Year 9 SunSafe Ambassador

“Fabulous opportunity for students to develop critical thinking, presentation and public speaking skills and also vital information on sun safety.” – Head Teacher of Welfare, NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus

Schools are invited to register now for our 2024 workshops:

  • Wednesday 14 August 2024 – Sydney (The Poche Centre, Wollstonecraft)
  • Thursday 22 August 2024 – Sydney (Kerry Packer Education Centre, Camperdown)
  • Wednesday 28 August 2024 – Perth (Cancer Wellness Centre, Cottesloe)
  • Thursday 5 September 2024 – Hobart (St Michael’s Collegiate School)
  • Tuesday 10 September 2024 – Wagga Wagga (Notre Dame University)

If you are a student, parent or community member interested in our SunSafe Program, please complete the Expression of Interest form using the button below: