Watch Your Mate’s Back

Brought to you by Melanoma Institute Australia,

Watch Your Mate’s Back is educating Australians about melanoma and the simple steps we can take to prevent and detect it.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and Australia’s third most common cancer in men and women – it takes a life every six hours. But there’s good news – it’s more easily prevented and detected than many other cancers. You’ve just got to be skin smart and Watch Your Mate’s Back.

All we need to do to be skin smart and Watch Our Mate's Back is:


Melanoma is predominantly caused by accumulated UV radiation so we know that it can be easily prevented by being sun-safe. We also know that the outcome is far less serious if we catch it early.


We can all detect changes in our skin, and those around us are often first to notice. In fact, up to a third of patients say their suspicious spots were picked up by someone else - such as a friend or hairdresser.


If you find something that doesn't look right, or you just aren't sure, book in for a professional skin check. Be safe, not sorry - and tell your friends to do the same. The more we look out for each other, the safer we'll all be.

Skin selfie - stay healthy!

Check your skin today and help spread the word in your social circle.

  1. Strip off, solo or with a mate, to take a “skin selfie”, check your skin for any unusual spots
  2. Take a fun selfie and post to your facebook and instagram with the hashtag #skinselfiestayhealthy and #watchyourmatesback
  3. Cover up before heading outside, with the five super skin savers
  4. If you find any unusual spots, book yourself in for a check up with your GP or dermatologist

Community Partners

Through WYMB Melanoma Institute Australia is partnering with community groups to spread the word to those who spend lots of time outdoors pursuing their sporting passions.

We are helping Australians take three simple steps: prevent, detect and act, to ensure they live a long and healthy life free from melanoma.

Surf Life Saving NSW
Rowing NSW
Golf NSW

Downloadable content


Watch your mate’s back posters

Social Media

Send your mate a message on Facebook reminding them to book in for a skin check. Use the downlaodable content to update your Facebook Banner & Profile pic!


Print off this checklist so you never have to worry about being caught out in the midday heat with no protection from the sun. Remember, prevention is the best cure!