CONSTITUENCY QUESTION — Mr Kennedy to ask the Minister for Mental Health for the Minister for Health

My question is for the Minister for Health in the other place. What will the minister do to assist community groups in my Hawthorn electorate to provide shade and sun-protective items in their outdoor spaces and for events? The Andrews Labor government has an ambitious goal of saving 10 000 lives from cancer, and key to that is the prevention of cancer. Skin cancer is prevalent in the community, but it is so, so preventable. I know several sporting clubs, kinders and groups, like the Camberwell Hockey Club and the Hawthorn Bowling Club, in my electorate that have been proactive and have applied for shade grants. As we head into summer we need to remember to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. Having shade and sun-protective items like hats and sunscreen will give a helping hand to ticking off three of those five skin cancer prevention tasks. I support these applications, and I look forward to the minister’s response.

Answer.

I thank the member for raising this issue with me and would like to note the Member’s tireless advocacy for his local constituents. In particular, I note your support towards your local community groups, sporting clubs and early childhood services.

The Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver on the election commitment to provide $15.1 million dollars for Shade Grants and community awareness campaigns over 2019 – 2023. The Shade Grants Program provides grants to Victorian government schools and community organisations for shade development and sun protection items, including hats and sunscreen.

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. Through this program, the Labor Government is supporting more Victorians to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer.

Round four of the Program generated a large amount of interest, reflecting the need for greater shade availability in schools. In December 2019, I announced that 164 community groups will share in almost $1 million from the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Shade Grants program.

I am pleased to note that Camberwell Hockey Club, Hawthorn Bowling Club and West Hawthorn Pre-School Centre were successful in their applications for funding.

Jenny Mikakos MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Ambulance Services