Growing up in the age of “slip, slop, slap”, I had it drummed into me from an early age to wear sunscreen to protect myself against skin cancer.

But it’s also important to get some sunshine to make vitamin D, which helps keep our bones strong. Emerging research also suggests sunshine may improve our mood and reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases and infections.

So how much sunshine do we need to get enough vitamin D without increasing our risk of skin cancer?

With the help of a handy infographic, Katie Lee and Rachel Neale explain how much time we need to spend in the sun to get enough vitamin D – depending on our location, the season, the time of day and our skin tone.

Fron Jackson-Webb

Deputy Editor and Senior Health Editor

Summer’s over, so how much sun can (and should) I get?

Katie Lee, The University of Queensland; Rachel Neale, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Excessive exposure causes skin cancer, but sun exposure also has benefits. How do you balance the two?

Announcing Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis should have been simple. But the palace let it get out of hand

Victoria Fielding, University of Adelaide; Saira Ali, University of Adelaide

What should have been a simple announcement to a sympathetic public turned into a spider’s web of conspiracy theories across social media. How did it all go so terribly wrong?

Celebrities, influencers, loopholes: online gambling advertising faces an uncertain future in Australia

Gianluca Di Censo, University of Adelaide; Paul Delfabbro, University of Adelaide

A 2023 federal government inquiry recommended a ban on gambling advertising. What needs to happen should a ban be implemented?

If you’ve got a dark roof, you’re spending almost $700 extra a year to keep your house cool

Sebastian Pfautsch, Western Sydney University; Riccardo Paolini, UNSW Sydney

We could make our hot cities cooler with white roofs and light roads. But progress has been glacially slow.

We have revealed a unique time capsule of Australia’s first coastal people from 50,000 years ago

Peter Veth, The University of Western Australia; David W. Zeanah, California State University, Sacramento; Fiona Hook, The University of Western Australia; Kane Ditchfield, The University of Western Australia; Peter Kendrick, The University of Western Australia

Barrow Island off the coast of Western Australia holds a unique record of First Nations people. For millennia, they lived on vast plains that are now drowned by the sea.

Albanese government to Fair Work Commission: Don’t let real wages go backwards for the low paid

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The Albanese government in its yearly submission to the Annual Wage Review will argue that real wages of low paid workers should not go backwards.

Is your child ‘overscheduled?’ How to get the balance right on extracurricular activities

Elise Waghorn, RMIT University

Extra sport, music or dance can be a great way to develop your child’s interests and skills. But it can also be expensive and stressful for families.

‘To truly forget life for a while – a reprieve and a reward’: why Australians love going to the cinema

Ruari Elkington, Queensland University of Technology

I have spent the last two years researching the cultures and practices of cinema-going. Here’s what people tell me.

From Die Nibelungen to Dune: epic fantasy cinema has been thrilling audiences for 100 years

Alfio Leotta, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

A century before the Dune films became new classics of the genre, Fritz Lang was making epic fantasies that redefined cinema.

‘Everyone was groomed’: Anne Manne’s story of Newcastle’s paedophile priest network centres on a ‘kidnapped’ childhood

Rosie Clare Shorter, Deakin University

Crimes of the Cross tells how clergy and leaders in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle covered up allegations, protected abusive priests and failed to care for survivors.

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