TUH and the Cancer Council of Queensland have joined together to enhance community wellbeing and quality of life and recognise the special role that teachers and educators play in promoting a healthier world.
Every twenty minutes one Queenslander will be diagnosed with cancer. Evidence has shown that Queensland teachers commonly exceed the daily recommended limits for unprotected exposure to UV radiation, significantly increasing their risks of skin cancer.
TUH CEO Rob Seljak and Cancer Council CEO, Christine McMillan jointly launched the TUH CCQ Healthy Educators Program at a breakfast attended by principals, education sector and union representatives, and a number of TUH directors.
“The program will help to educate our educators and minimise harmful exposure to the Queensland sun. It will also focus more broadly on cancer prevention and healthy living – nurturing healthier, happier communities”, said Ms McMillan. “Equally importantly, it will work in-step with our SunSmart brand to deliver whole-of-school and broader community benefits.”
Mr Seljak said that being involved in initiatives like this demonstrates TUH’s commitment to the wellbeing of our members and the broader community.
“Our hope is that this program will help us to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases, in addition to encouraging educators to take part in recommended cancer screening and early detection programs.
“We’ve long been working in the community to enhance wellbeing and quality of life and look forward to seeing the fruits of this program unfold.
“The evidence is clear; all of us have the power to influence cancer control, and TUH is extremely pleased to team up with Cancer Council Queensland on this ground-breaking program.
“We’re proudly committed to helping all Queensland educators, schools, and the broader community in the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases. Together, we can save lives,” he said.
At the launch, we announced that Channel 7’s afternoon news presenter Kendall Gilding and her husband Tim, a teacher, will be the official Ambassadors of the program.