HPA and skin cancer prevention

The Health Promotion Agency

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) is a New Zealand crown agency that promotes good health and encourages healthy lifestyles. 

New Zealand's Skin Cancer Prevention Programme

In New Zealand, the prevention of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety is lead by HPA, in partnership with Cancer Society of New Zealand, Melanoma NZ, and the Melanoma Network of New Zealand Incorporated (MelNet).

Since 1993, HPA activities have been promoted under the SunSmart brand.

Other organisations and professionals working in this area include: 

New Zealand Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Early Detection Strategy 2014 to 2017

This three year Strategy identifies five intervention pathways for reducing the incidence and impact of skin cancer:

  • primary prevention
  • early detection
  • diagnosis and treatment
  • rehabilitation support and palliative care, and
  • research, evaluation and surveillance.

The focus of the Strategy is on primary prevention and, to a lesser extent, early detection pathways.

Primary prevention activities within the Strategy focus on reducing excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Key medium-term outcomes are increases in individual behaviours that protect people from excessive UVR exposure and increases in the number of effective sun safe settings.

Download New Zealand Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Early Detection Strategy 2014 to 2017 (PDF 1.15MB).

In 2017 HPA, in partnership with MelNet, plans to release a new five-year strategy (2017 to 2021).