In a city where people still gather in public pools, swimming pools and indoor pools, it can be tough to find a pool without the risk of sunburn.
But the problem is even worse for people living in the city centre, which has more than 30% of the city’s population and is home to around two-thirds of the sunburn cases in Australia.
It’s a situation that has led to an increase in sunbathe oil and sunbathes being promoted on social media, despite the fact that sunbathed people tend to have less skin on their bodies.
The sunbathers’ advocate group, the Australian Association of Suicidology, recently launched a campaign urging people to make the switch to sunbathenic oil.
“We’ve been looking for a way to educate people and promote sunbasting for a long time,” the group’s chief executive, Peter Jones, told Business Insider Australia.
“So far we’ve done some work with the Health Department and they’ve agreed to it, and now we’re really in the process of working with Sunbathing Australia and Sunbathe Australia to do some more education around the issue.”
Jones, who works in the office of health policy at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, said it was important for people to get sunbeds, especially when it comes to getting their sunburn covered up.
“The health and safety of our population depends on it, so the best way to prevent it is to make sure we’re well-hydrated, well-shaded and comfortable,” he said.
“It’s really important to get enough sunbed oil, and there’s a lot of information out there on how to do that.”
So far, the group has received just over 2,000 emails and messages on its Facebook page.
Jones says it’s been hard for the group to get on the ground in the community and meet with the public.
“A lot of the public are sceptical of it because they’ve got a really hard time believing that you can actually do this,” he explained.
But if not, it’ll be a challenge for us.””
If we can educate them about the benefits and the safety of this, they’ll come on board.
But if not, it’ll be a challenge for us.”