A proposed Health Amendment Bill is under current parliament consideration, aiming to prevent those under 18 from using commercial tanning devices including sunbeds. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said that there was clear international evidence that Sunbeds advance the risk of skin cancer for users and that young people were at a significantly higher risk of sunbed harm. Sunbed age restrictions are already in place in countries such as South Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.
The proposed bill also strengthens the law around the day-to-day management of infectious diseases such as measles and whooping cough. As it would allow the court to order individuals, who pose a significant health risk in terms of spreading an infectious disease, into isolation or medical testing. Dr Coleman believed that this bill would protect both individuals’ rights whilst ensuring that the risk to the wider public in terms of sunbeds and infectious diseases was minimalized.