Cool and Covered is a world first collaboration of design and health sectors aiming to improving effective shaded spaces and sun protective apparel where Queenslanders live, work, play and learn.

The program is founded around building evidence and research to impact key areas of policy, supportive environments, communities of practice and education. Based around the priority settings of community spaces and schools, Cool and Covered employs co-design, collaborative approaches to reduce the real world health issue of skin cancer. This is the most common cancer in Queensland. Our rates soar higher than other States and Territories and this disease effects and takes the lives of too many Queenslanders each year.

Unlike so many other diseases, medical research has proven that this cancer is largely preventable and detectable early. To do this, we need everybody’s help. Everybody can play a role in their community, school, workplace, sports club and local organisation. We need to create effectively shaded environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice, with better access to sun protective apparel and greater education and awareness, with policies to support this.

Together we can make a Cool and Covered Queensland, where skin cancer rates are dramatically reduced, active lifestyles are encouraged and healthy communities are supported.

 

The video above features Louise Baldwin, Faculty of Health, and Dean Brough, Creative Industries Faculty.