Sunbed survey shows decrease
A survey by the Ministry of Health has revealed a 46 per cent reduction in the number of sunbed operators in Auckland.
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says public unit health staff visited 144 solaria operators last year between July 1 and December 31.
The inaugural survey was conducted to monitor compliance with key aspects of the solaria standards as well as provide information about safe practices.
Mrs Goodhew says many of the units noted a significant decrease in the number of places offering commercial sunbed services.
In Auckland the number of operators has decreased from 73 to 39 since 2009.
‘‘One of the reported reasons for operators no longer offering sunbed services was the difficulties complying with the standard,’’ she says.
‘‘Skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand and it’s pleasing to hear some operators who are not meeting best practice have voluntarily chosen to stop providing commercial sunbed services,’’ Mrs Goodhew says.
The results are to be presented at the Melanoma Summit in Wellington today, which will be attended by health professionals from around the country.