Changes in solarium numbers in Australia following negative media and legislation
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2009 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 33, Issue 5, pages 491–494, October 2009
How to Cite
Makin, J. K. and Dobbinson, S. J. (2009), Changes in solarium numbers in Australia following negative media and legislation. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33: 491–494. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00436.x
- Issue published online: 6 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2009
- Submitted: April 2009 Accepted: August 2009
- skin cancer;
- government regulation;
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.