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Shade for local government

A pre-conference to the 3rd international conference on UV and skin cancer prevention

​Shade is an increasingly important issue for local government and this is a must attend event for 2015.

The forum will highlight the elements of good quality and innovative shade (both natural and built) for parks, childcare, centres, sports grounds, pools and public spaces - and how it is best achieved.

This event will feature:

  • international and local presenters highlighting new directions in planning for and designing shade.
  • discussions on how to put shade and UV protection on the council agenda and ensuring it is embedded in policies across the built environment, health and social planning, and municipal public health plan areas.

The content has been designed for local government and is particularly relevant for health planners, social planners, environmental health officer, environment and sustainability officers, recreation and open space managers, urban designers, landscape designers, asset and infrastructure managers and early years managers.

The workshop is being organised as a special event within the Third International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention. It is a joint initiative of the MAV, the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Cancer Council Victoria.

Although the event is being run as part of the conference, it is independent and can be booked through the MAV.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included in the workshop registration.

When: Tuesday 8 December 2015 9:30AM - 4:00PM
Where: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, College of Surgeons' Gardens, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne, 3002

Program details

Tuesday 8 December 2015
Time​ ​Session


Introduction / welcome
Cathy Whelan, Facilitator
Community organisational and development consultant


Assoc Prof George Thomas Kapelos
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Canada

  • Environmental health and the link between ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and skin cancer
  • Linking informed policy and practice


Ian Shears
Manager, Urban Sustainability, City of Melbourne

  • Urban Greening in the City of Melbourne


Morning tea


Mary Papaioannou
Landscape Architect and Urban Designer

  • The importance of shade in the design of the urban environment


Facilitated panel discussion and audience Q&A




‘Toronto Shady Cities’ DVD


Dr Suzanne Dobbinson
Senior Research Fellow, Skin Cancer Prevention, Cancer Council Victoria

  • Practical implications of current shade research for local government


Martin Reeves
Director, Outlines Landscape Architecture

  • Good quality and innovative shade design

Christina Mackay
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

  • Maximising UV protection through design of the built environment

Afternoon Tea


Case Studies

Fiona Weigall
East Gippsland Shire

  • Shade in the redesign of Nicholson Street Mall in Bairnsdale

Neville Kurth
Manager Health, Access and Bushfire Recovery, City of Whittlesea

  • The impact of an established shade policy on delivering quality shade and sun protection activities

Facilitated panel discussion and audience Q&A


Launch of MAV shade resource


Summary / closing

Note: Program subject to change.