Solaria use in Queensland, Australia
Article first published online: 25 SEP 2007
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 479–482, October 2006
How to Cite
Lawler, S. P., Kvaskoff, M., DiSipio, T., Whiteman, D., Eakin, E., Aitken, J. and Fritschi, L. (2006), Solaria use in Queensland, Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30: 479–482. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00468.x
- Issue published online: 25 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 25 SEP 2007
- Revision requested: July 2006 Accepted: August 2006
Objective:To describe the demographics of solarium users and the correlates of solarium use in Queensland.
Methods:A cross-sectional survey of 9,419 Queensland residents was conducted via an anonymous computerassisted telephone interview.
Results:Overall, 8.8% of the respondents had ever used a solarium and less than 1% had used a solarium in the previous year. Results indicated that users were more likely to be female and younger than non-users, and less than half of the users signed a consent form, suggesting that they had not been made aware of the associated risks by operators.
Conclusions:The Queensland Cancer Risk Study was one of the first population-based studies to address solarium use in this State and highlights that the use of solariums in Queensland is low in comparison to other countries.
Implications:There is no regulation of compliance with guidelines. It may become necessary to make compliance with the guidelines mandatory to effectively communicate the associated risks.