Australian Businesses Lead The Way in Healthy Skin InitiativesApril 19, 2016
Ego continued its support in 2016 for the Skin & Cancer Foundation’s annual Healthy Skin Awards held at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
The Healthy Skin Awards recognise the commitment of Australian businesses to their employees and the local community by establishing healthy skin initiatives through their organisations.
Federal Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, joined Australia’s leading dermatologists and other prominent medical practitioners, major sponsors, business and community leaders, patients and supporters of the Foundation at the special Awards evening,
Minister Wyatt emphasised the crucial role the Healthy Skin Award nominees play in Australia’s fight against skin cancer and melanoma.
“They’ve shown a demonstrated commitment to educating their workforce, members, or the community by delivering skin health programs, educating or reporting,” the Minister said. “I would like to commend all the nominees for the important work they are doing. We know Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Australians are two to three times more likely to get skin cancer than people living in Canada, the US, and the UK.”
Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc Executive Director, Mr Chris Arnold said partnering with this year’s Awardees would play an important role in the Foundation’s community education program.
“It is a genuine personal delight to work closely with such committed organisations, to deliver real benefits in skin health to the community. The Award winners deserve to be proud and to be recognised for the example they set for others.”
Ego Pharmaceuticals sponsored an award won by Solbari Sun Protection – an Australian sun protective social enterprise. Solbari produces high quality, stylish sun protective clothing, swimwear and hats, and is on a mission to prevent skin cancer.
Other winners on the evening included:
King & Wood Mallesons
A winner at the 2015 Healthy Skin Awards, King & Wood Mallesons again deserve to be recognised for their ongoing corporate skin check program. What has been most impressive and fascinating about this program, which has been in place for over 15 years, is the statistics it has provided. King & Wood Mallesons have provided 2,348 skin checks, of which 233 have been referred for further consultation. Over 75% of staff surveyed considered skin cancer screening to be one of the most valued and accessed benefits of the firm.
National Basketball League team, Melbourne United, has an extensive community program, including their famous You Got Skoold program run in primary schools. The club works with primary schools across Victoria, to get more kids involved in basketball and physical activity. Melbourne United approached the Foundation last year for assistance on engaging with children and their parents about the importance of skin health. The introduction of the skin health component to Melbourne United’s primary schools program will raise awareness of the importance of skin health and sun protection amongst our younger generation. The club deserves to be commended on its initiative.
Community Chef is a Victorian local government-owned social enterprise that produces over 100,000 meals every month for society’s most vulnerable people. That’s over 1.2 million meals each year for those in aged care and the homeless, delivered from their sophisticated plant in Altona. Community Chef is focused on improving the healthy skin benefits of its meals and recently approached the Foundation for information on nutrition and healthy skin. Community Chef has the potential to have a significant social impact with a large and diverse group of Australians, and is a deserving recipient of the Healthy Skin Award.
As part of their Evolve program, Macquarie Life created two information packs dealing with skin cancer and melanoma for their policy holders. Macquarie Life approached the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc to collaborate on the development of these packs to ensure credibility and authority. The program provides policy holders with detailed information about types of skin cancer, signs and symptoms, treatment, prevention, and tips to live a healthy lifestyle. The Foundation believes that this has been one of the most impressive programs by a major life insurer aimed at skin cancer awareness in Australia.