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Real Stories: secondary school resource



The Real Stories education resource for Year 7-10 secondary school students includes a series of videos and lessons examining the issues related to young people and skin cancer. The activities throughout the resource can be used individually or as part of a comprehensive unit. Teachers should note that reference is made to skin cancer throughout the resource and can therefore be upsetting for students. The resource addresses the consequences of cancer and shows footage of surgical procedures. It is recommended that teachers review the material beforehand to ensure it is suitable for students.

It is also recommended that teachers familiarise themselves with school procedures for managing students who may become upset during the lesson. Issues that could emerge include:

  • students who have experienced cancer in some way
  • students who react emotionally to the stories in the resource
  • students who have real concerns about skin cancers on their own body

If you have any queries or need further information call the Cancer Council 13 11 20 (local call cost anywhere in Australia).

Further information about skin cancer can be found in our skin cancer section.

Get started

The lessons are available in the below table. Please click on the images to be directed to the video.

Modules
Slip! Slop! Slap! (1981 - late 1980s)Download PDF's

Slip Slop Slap

Reproduced with the permission of SunSmart, Cancer Council Victoria.  

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide (1980s to present)Download PDF's

slip slop slap seek slide

Reproduced with the permission of SunSmart, Cancer Council South Australia.

Celebrating 30 years of SunSmart
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30 years of sunsmart

Reproduced with the permission of SunSmart, Cancer Council Victoria.

Dear 16 year old me
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Dear 16 year old me

Reproduced with the permission of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund. 

Wes Bonny
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Wes Bonny

© Cancer Institute (NSW) 2012
We would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of Wes Bonny’s family and friends and extend our gratitude to them for sharing Wes’s story.

Dark side of tanning (male)
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Dark side of tanning

Reproduced with permission of the Cancer Institute, New South Wales. 

Dark side of tanning (female)
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Dark side of tanning

Reproduced with permission of the Cancer Institute, New South Wales. 

Dying for a tan
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Dangers of a deadly tan

Video courtesy of Channel 9.

It's a beautiful day for cancer
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Beautiful day for cancer

Reproduced with the permission of Cancer Council NSW and advertising agency Naked Communications. 

Leatha face vs flawless
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Leatha Face

Reproduced with the permission of Cancer Research UK.

Dangers of a deadly tan
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Dangers of a deadly tan

Video courtesy of ABC.

Ch 10 news Perth - solarium story
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Solarium story

Video courtesy of Channel 10.

NEW - Pretty Shady
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Pretty Shady

Reproduced with permission of the Cancer Institute, New South Wales.

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Further secondary school lessons can be found here.


Copyright and acknowledgements

We remain indebted to the late Clare Oliver and her family for allowing the inclusion of interviews with Clare in this resource.

We would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of Wes Bonny’s family and friends and extend our gratitude to them for sharing Wes’s story.

Thank you to Peter Wallis and Agnieszka Arto who shared their stories to help raise awareness about the importance of skin protection.

We also thank the following media organisations for granting permission to use their news and current affairs footage:

  • Channel Nine – 60 Minutes, National Nine News Perth
  • ABC – 7.30 Report
  • Channel Ten – Ten News Perth
  • The West Australian
  • Sun-Herald

All newspaper, case stories and journal articles have been printed with permission.


This page was last updated on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015