Vitamin D Deficiency in Western Australia

Survey findings1 from Western Australia:

  • Slip, slop, slap to the max: Many residents go to significant lengths to avoid sun exposure in summer – close to a third either cover up with clothing or stay in the shade entirely; almost half (45%) use SPF30+ sunscreen
  • In the dark about D: 40% have “no idea” about the risk factors of Vitamin D deficiency
  • State-wide confusion: More than a quarter (26%) are unaware of the benefits of Vitamin D; close to 10% incorrectly believe it’s vital for concentration
  • Vitamin D denial: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, close to half (45%) never thought they needed one; more than a quarter (29%) didn’t even know it could be tested
  • Deficient diet: One third (33%) incorrectly try to get most of their Vitamin D from food and diet alone
  • Doctors’ orders: Of those residents who have never had a Vitamin D test, close to 60% would only get one if advised by their GP
  • Location Location: Only 10% were aware that ‘location’ was a risk factor for Vitamin D deficiency