Be SunSmart. Protect your skin.

Did you know, twice as many men as women die from melanoma each year in Australia? Fortunately, most skin cancer can be prevented by using good sun protection when the UV level is 3 or above.

When you cover things they last longer. Same goes for you and your skin.

Men are great at protecting their family and possessions like their BBQ, however, often forget that they too need to be covered up and protected. That’s why our latest campaign is calling on you to use sun protection, and ensure you are around for your family’s future. As Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia, make sure you protect your skin.

At its most aggressive, skin cancer can spread to internal organs like the lungs and brain and become deadly quicker than you think. There are five forms of sun protection.

It’s never too late to improve your sun protection, whether you’re six months or 60 years old. You can reduce your risk by using all five forms of sun protection.

The good news is if you cover things, they last longer. Same goes for you and your skin at any age! Watch our sun protection video below and Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide.

Noticed a change on your skin? Don’t put off getting it checked. The sooner skin cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. If you notice anything new or changing on your skin, don’t put it off and go to your GP immediately. Finding skin cancer early gives you the best chance of survival and reduces the need for invasive treatment and surgery. So, get to know your skin and what’s normal for you.

If you find anything new or changing, don’t delay, see your GP immediately.



Melanoma March is a family-friendly walk – usually about 4km – held in 23 different locations around Australia during the month of March. Most routes are wheelchair and pram accessible, and dog-friendly.*

However, it is so much more than a community walk!

To find your local Melanoma March Walk visit

Melanoma March is about taking steps together to HONOUR those we’ve lost and SUPPORT those impacted by melanoma. It’s also about creating change, by increasing AWARENESS and by FUNDRAISING for research, so we reach zero deaths from melanoma.

Melanoma March 2023 will be raising vital funds for Australia’s first clinical trial into supportive care for advanced melanoma patients.
The trial aims to ensure the emotional needs of patients experiencing anxiety about their melanoma recurring or progressing are addressed as part of their clinical care. We want to understand how to best support someone living with a melanoma diagnosis and improve their wellbeing with timely access to the most appropriate supportive care services.

Melanoma March has a proud history of bringing communities together to SUPPORT loved ones, RAISE FUNDS for research, and RAISE AWARENESS about melanoma.

This year we’re also asking our passionate Melanoma March community to advocate to STOP THE GLAMOURISATION OF TANNING.
A tan is skin cells in trauma, and the glamourisation of tanning in advertising, social media and media is promoting a behaviour which we know kills.


Ovarian Cancer Australia Fundraiser


February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

The Ballarat Surgicentre hosted a ‘Teal Tea’ for all staff to enjoy for the week of February 20th to 24th.

A big THANKYOU to everyone for getting involved, donating and raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia. 

The Ballarat Surgicentre raised a total of $159.70 for this great cause. 

Amazing effort by all.