Makin, JK and Dobbinson, SJ, Changes in solarium numbers in Australia following negative media and legislation, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33, (5) pp. 491-494. ISSN 1326-0200 (2009) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: To monitor changes in the number of indoor tanning facilities in Australia’s capital cities following widespread negative publicity and the introduction of legislation in some states.
Methods: An audit of listings under Solarium/Tanning Centres in the most recent hard copy Yellow Pages for Australia’s capital cities was conducted, and results were compared with those from a previous audit from 2006.
Results: There was a 32% drop in solarium listings for Australia’s capital cities between 2006 and 2008/09. In most cases, larger decreases were observed in states where legislation was introduced.
Conclusions: Despite underestimating solarium numbers, regular audits of business listings can be a useful way of monitoring trends, particularly when more accurate figures are not available. Solarium numbers can decrease following a combination of negative publicity and legislation.
Implications: To achieve and maintain predicted reductions in skin cancer incidence, mortality and costs to the health system, solarium legislation should be a priority for those states where it has not yet been introduced, accompanied by compliance monitoring and enforcement to ensure it is effective.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Sunbeds, skin cancer, government regulation, media.|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Health services and systems not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Behaviour and health|
|UTAS Author:||Makin, JK (Ms Jen Makin)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||14|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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