Read Australia's new sunscreen guidelines

Changes aim to protect against the incidental sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer

Australians need to routinely apply sunscreen every day to reduce the incremental DNA damage that causes skin cancer, peak public health bodies have agreed.

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The new advice has been issued following a summit meeting of leading researchers and advocacy groups at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane last year.

The experts say that all Australians should apply sunscreen daily when the UV index exceeds three.

This means that most people need to apply it year-round, with southern states exempt in winter.

“The policy group concluded that the