Shade is one of the key steps to being SunSmart and decreasing the risk of getting skin cancer.

Built sunshade in six New Zealand public spaces

New Zealand has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Internationally, the provision and use of shade is considered a key strategy in the prevention of skin cancer, but there has been little research undertaken on how well shade canopies in public spaces provide UVR protection for their users... Read more...

Cancer Society of New Zealand

The Cancer Society of New Zealand has developed a resource that provides recommendations and considerations for shade provision.

Download the resource - NZ Undercover Guidelines for Shade Planning and Design.

Cancer Council Victoria, Australia

Cancer Council Victoria's shade audit tool allows you to assess the quality and need for shade at various sites within Australia.

Learn more about the Australian shade audit tool

Shade audit software tool

An Australian company, WebShade, has developed a ShadeAudit software tool, called Check Your Risk, that you can purchase.

Check Your Risk helps communities, including schools, make sure that their outdoor play areas are sun safe. You can:

  • check the risk of exposure to UV radiation during outdoor activities
  • consider options to reduce that risk
  • keep rechecking the risk until it is reduced.

View the Check Your Risk demonstration