The Australian of the Year on the fight against melanoma


Tanning represents your skin cells in trauma. That’s the message this year’s joint Australian of the Year, Professor Georgina Long, wants you to know. She’s a cancer doctor and was part of a medical breakthrough that transformed melanoma treatment.

In today’s deep dive, we chat to Prof Long about her work in the melanoma field, as well as how her medical breakthrough is now being used to treat her best friend and co-Australian of the Year recipient, Professor Richard Scolyer.

Beyond her team’s groundbreaking treatment and research, we discuss the persistent challenges surrounding sun safety and tanning culture, plus the need for a cultural shift to redefine beauty standards and promote sun protection as a cornerstone of wellness.

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