Health Events Calendar 2021

Month by month guide to health awareness days Australia 2021

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Every year Australia plays a part in supporting a diverse range of health events, which help increase awareness about specific diseases and medical conditions. Some of the more well-known causes include Pink Ribbon Day, Red Nose Day and World AIDS Day.

If you want to get involved this year, or you just want to learn more about these events, simply use this comprehensive health events calendar to see what's planned for 2020.

Finder's health event hunters are hard at work seeking out events and confirming dates, so keep an eye on this space for updates in the coming months.

JANUARY

DateEventDetails
January 1-31VeganuaryFind new, delicious and healthy foods by going vegan in January. By doing this, you'll have a hugely positive effect on the environment.
January 31World Leprosy DayWorld Leprosy Day is recognised around the world each year on the last Sunday of January. The day helps to raise awareness about the disease and attempts to change attitudes that marginalise those affected by leprosy across the globe.

FEBRUARY

DateEventDetails
February 1-28Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthAround 1,550 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia each year, with more than two-thirds at an advanced stage. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is all about helping people get tested earlier to prevent this as well as providing support to patients and families.
February 1-28FebFastFebFast is all about giving people the skills and the know-how to break the habits that inhibit their wellbeing, such as alcohol and sugar addiction.
February 1-28Don't Wait Until It's Too LateDon't Wait Until It's Too Late aims to encourage more Aussies to get screened for bowel cancer so that they can get treated early and increase their chances of successful treatment.
February 1-28International Childhood Heart Disease (CHD) Awareness DayHeartKids raises awareness for children's heart disease and works towards reducing the occurrence of the disease. It provides irreplaceable support for children with heart disease and their families as well as those who have lost young children.
February 1-28Heart Research MonthHeart Research Month raises awareness on the importance of life-saving heart research, including preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease. "Day of Hearts" Day is celebrated on 14 February and encourages us all to take care of our hearts.
February 1-28FebruDAREyYou can raise money this February by daring someone. Create your dare and get your friends to donate – the larger the dare, the more money you'll make!
February 1-7Tinnitus Awareness WeekTinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) helps raise awareness of tinnitus and the huge effect it can have on people's day-to-day lives. Help raise awareness of the work being carried out and the essential support provided this year.
February 4World Cancer DayWorld Cancer Day is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control and helps educate people on different aspects of the disease through education and information.
February 7-13Feeding Tube Awareness WeekFeeding Tube Awareness Week promotes the positive benefits of feeding tubes by educating people on why these life-saving medical devices are so important.
February 14Wear Red DayWear red this 14 February to help raise awareness for cardiovascular disease. This day is supported by Heart Research Australia.
February 14Sweetheart DayHeartKids Australia launched Sweetheart Day to raise awareness of childhood heart disease and to encourage donations to continue their work providing support and advocacy, growing awareness and enabling further research into children's heart disorders.
February 14National Condom DayNational Condom Day takes place, rather appropriately, on Valentine's Day to help promote the importance of sexual protection, sexual health and family planning.
February 18International Asperger's DayInternational Asperger's Day highlights the importance of Asperger's syndrome for individuals and society more generally, looking at the positive changes that can be made and helping us gain a better understanding of the autism spectrum.
February 24Teal Ribbon DayTeal Ribbon Day is held on the last Wednesday of February and invites Australians to buy and wear a teal ribbon in support of raising awareness for Ovarian Cancer Australia. You can get your Teal Ribbon directly from Ovarian Cancer Australia or from Chemmart Pharmacies, Spotlight and Brazilian Butterfly.
February 28Rare Diseases DayRare Disease Day is an annual event coordinated by EURORDIS and aimed at raising awareness on a national level about rare diseases.

MARCH

DateEventDetails
March 1-31National Epilepsy Awareness MonthYou can wear purple in support of National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Throughout the month, there are lots of community activities, media campaigns and events going on to help spread awareness, including Purple Day on 26 March.
March 1-10The Bloody Long WalkThe Bloody Long Walk is a 35km walking challenge in Melbourne that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito).
March 1-7Hearing Awareness WeekThis annual event helps bring hearing impairments to the attention of local communities.
March 5March into YellowThe March into Yellow challenge raises the profile and awareness of endometriosis, a common and often debilitating disease that affects 1 in 10 Australian women. The event encourages people to wear yellow and raise money to support finding a cure and to support women suffering from the disease.
March 7-13World Glaucoma WeekWorld Glaucoma Week builds awareness of the leading cause of irreversible blindness. The week raises funds to advance research on glaucoma.
March 9National Day of Women Living with HIVThe National Network of Women Living with HIV Day was started in 2016 to help highlight and bring attention to women suffering from the disease.
March 10-14World's Greatest ShaveEvery hour someone in Australia is diagnosed with a blood disorder disease, and every second hour, someone dies from the disease. The World's Greatest Shave has raised over $120 million since 1998. The money raised goes to support individuals and their families living with lymphoma, myeloma or leukaemia and helps support blood cancer research.
March 11World Kidney DayThis global awareness campaign focuses its attention on raising awareness for chronic kidney disease, helping people learn more about how to prevent and treat the disease.
March 13-20Coeliac Awareness WeekThis annual event raises awareness of how to spot the symptoms of coeliac disease. It also provides insight into diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
March 21-28Multiple Birth Awareness WeekMultiple Birth Awareness Week celebrates families raising twins, triplets and beyond. It also looks at the challenges that come with raising young children.
March 21World Down Syndrome DayDown syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement and has always been a part of the human condition. World Down Syndrome Day helps raise awareness of how important access to health care, intervention programs and inclusive education is to the wellbeing of someone with Down syndrome.
March 24World Tuberculosis DayWorld Tuberculosis Day is about educating and making people aware of how common tuberculosis is and how it is responsible for the deaths of several million people every year. The day also raises funds to help eliminate tuberculosis as a public health issue in developing countries.
March 25FND Australia Awareness DayFunctional neurological disorder (FND) is a neurological disorder affecting motor, movement and sensory functions of the body. It is the second most common reason for referral to neurology departments worldwide. Despite the prevalence of FND, awareness and understanding of the condition remains limited across the globe. FND Australia Support Services Inc is a non-profit charity registered with the ACNC. From the UK to Australia, FND support services aim to unite voices across oceans and borders in raising #Voices4FND.

APRIL

DateEventDetails
April 2Go Blue for AutismWorld Autism Awareness Day promotes autism awareness by encouraging everyone to don blue.
April 7World Health DayThis event marks the establishment of the World Health Organisation. Each year, World Health Day rallies behind a specific health issue in order to raise awareness of the health issue.
April 11World Parkinson's DayWorld Parkinson's Day raises funds and awareness to help look for a cure. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological condition that has a serious impact on an ageing population, with 25 Australians diagnosed every day. Around 80,000 Australians currently live with the condition.
April 13Undiagnosed Children's Awareness DayApproximately 1 in 20 children are born with a genetic disorder, though diagnosis is often rare. Of the children who present to geneticists with syndromic features, 60% may not ever receive a diagnosis. Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day works to change this
April 13Wear Green for PremmiesThe Wear Green for Premmies campaign is a day in which you can wear green to show your support for the 25,000 babies born prematurely in Australia every year.
April 24-30World Immunization WeekRun by the World Health Organisation, this event promotes the life-saving benefits of vaccinations for people around the world and of all ages.
April 25World Malaria DayAnother World Health Organisation-backed campaign that aims for a 90% reduction in malaria by 2030.
April 28World Day for Safety and Health at WorkSponsored by the International Labour Organisation, this event aims to improve awareness of work-related safety, accidents and diseases worldwide.

MAY

DateEventDetails
May 1-31Neurofibromatosis Awareness MonthNeurofibromatosis Awareness Month aims to provide information to people and healthcare professionals, so they can learn and understand more about what exactly neurofibromatosis (NF) is.
May 1-31Art for EpilepsyArt for Epilepsy raises money by getting Australian artists to create artwork and sell them for epilepsy.
May 1-31Miracle Month of MayThis raises awareness and funds for premature and sick newborn babies as well as their families and the hospitals that take care of them.
May 1-31Ehlers-Danlos Awareness MonthThe Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month helps raise awareness for the 13 multi-systemic, heritable disorders that affect connective tissue, the most abundant tissue in the body. Severe ailments include Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which involves fragile blood vessels and can cause internal organs to spontaneously rupture.
May 1-31Crohn's & Colitis Awareness MonthCrohn's & Colitis Awareness Month raises awareness for inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), which more than 5 million people live with.
May 5-11Tourette Syndrome Awareness WeekTourette Syndrome Awareness Week teaches us more about what Tourette syndrome is and tackles stigmas created by false information about the disorder.
May 5World Asthma DayOrganised by the Global Initiative for Asthma, World Asthma Day improves awareness around the world.
May 6International No Diet DayInternational No Diet Day (INDD) celebrates body acceptance and diversity. It encourages us all to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise as well as our body, no matter what our size or shape.
May 8International Thalassaemia DayPatients with thalassaemia can suffer from anaemia and many other complications as a result of inadequate red blood cells. International Thalassaemia Day is celebrated every year to commemorate patients and raise awareness of the condition to improve patient care and research.
May 8World Red Cross DayThis day takes place on the day Red Cross founder Henry Dunant was born, and it celebrates the incredible work done by Red Cross staff and volunteers.
May 10World Lupus DayWorld Lupus Day raises awareness about this autoimmune disease and looks at the way in which it may cause abnormalities in vital organs like the kidneys, lungs and brain.
May 12May 12th International ME/CFS Awareness DayInternational Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) helps raise awareness about a number of diseases including myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War syndrome (GWS) and multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). The date was chosen as the official day as it's the birthday of Florence Nightingale who was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS. Around 12 May each year, buildings and landmarks around Australia light up in blue to raise awareness about ME/CFS.
May 15-19Myopia Awareness WeekThis week helps raise awareness for myopia throughout Australian communities. It draws attention to the essential role optometrists continue to play in altering the way we approach and treat myopia.
May 15Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Global Awareness DayTuberous Sclerosis Complex Global Awareness Day raises awareness for a rare disease that affects more than 2,000 people in Australia.
May 17-20Pneumonia Awareness WeekThis week-long event aims to educate Australians about the risks and impacts of pneumonia.
May 19World IBD DayWorld IBD Day is organised by patient organisations and fights for those suffering from inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn's disease.
May 23-29Schizophrenia Awareness WeekSchizophrenia Awareness Week tackles the stigmatised and marginalised individuals living with schizophrenia throughout Australia. The week aims to teach people more about the facts and work towards dispelling the myths.
May 23-29National Palliative Care WeekOrganised by Palliative Care Australia and supported by the Department of Health, this week of events draws attention to how important palliative care is for people affected by chronic diseases.
May 25World Thyroid DayWorld Thyroid Day campaigns for those suffering from this disease and recognises the medical professionals worldwide who are fighting it.
May 25-31Kidney Health WeekOne in three Australians have an increased risk of kidney disease. Kidney Health Week is a national campaign run at a grassroots level that raises awareness of the importance of our kidneys while shining a light on the prevention and early detection of kidney disease.
May 25-31Exercise Right WeekThis event aims to motivate more Australians to get fit by teaching them about the benefits of exercise and how they can create their own regimes and exercise plans.
May 25-31Spinal Health WeekSpinal Health Week raises awareness of the importance of spinal health, which can have a huge impact on improving our overall health and wellbeing.
May 30World MS DayWorld MS Day focuses on improving the quality of life for those suffering from MS and helps teach people more about the disease.
May 31World No Tobacco DayThis is an annual event aiming to show the harm the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of nations.

JUNE

DateEventDetails
June 1-30Bowel Cancer Awareness MonthBowel cancer is a common diagnosis in Australia. It is potentially one of the most preventable cancers through the early detection of abnormalities from screening.
June 1-30Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness MonthCytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that infects people of all ages and is the leading preventable viral cause of developmental disabilities. CMV Month raises awareness of CMV in an attempt to improve lives and teach people about the virus.
June 1-7Orthoptic Awareness WeekOrthoptic Awareness Week is held each year by the Orthoptic Association of Australia and helps promote the importance of taking care of your eyes with regular eye examinations.
June 1-7Haemochromatosis Awareness WeekHaemochromatosis Awareness Week raises awareness of haemochromatosis, or inherited iron overload disorder, by teaching communities more about the condition.
June 7-13Heart Rhythm WeekArrhythmias are responsible for between 23,000 and 33,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths each year. Many of these deaths could be avoided with greater public awareness of their risks and symptoms, which is where Heart Rhythm week looks to make a difference.
June 13-19World Allergy WeekWorld Allergy Week raises awareness of the impact of allergies with a campaign that supports and funds research into allergies. You can participate by wearing a spot of red in your home, school or workplace.
June 14World Blood Donor DayWorld Blood Donor Day aims to remind us all about the importance of blood donations and how much more blood is needed to help all those who need it.
June 14-20International Men's Health WeekInternational Men's Health Week promotes awareness of the importance of good health in men, boys and their families.
June 16 Red Apple DayBy purchasing the red apple pin, Australians can help awareness for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
June 19World Sickle Cell DaySickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder where abnormal haemoglobin is produced. World Sickle Cell Day was established to raise awareness of the disease to improve treatment and help find a cure.
June 21International Day of YogaThe word "yoga" comes from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite. International Day of Yoga promotes the importance of the union between the body and consciousness to help us all lead a healthier life.
June 23-27Infant Mental Health Awareness WeekInfant Mental Health Awareness Week encourages government, industry and consumers to look at the needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the essential services that support children in their earliest years.
June 29World Scleroderma DayScleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease. World Scleroderma Day highlights the brave people living with this disease to demand equal treatment and care for people with scleroderma.

JULY

DateEventDetails
July 1-31Dry JulyDry July is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving the lives of adults living with cancer. Giving up alcohol for the month of July is a good way to raise awareness of individual drinking habits and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.
July 14-20National Diabetes Week1.1 million Australians live with diabetes. National Diabetes Week is a fundraising event that helps to raise awareness and work towards prevention.
July 15-21National Wound Awareness WeekAround 300,000 Australians suffer lower leg ulcers that require regular care. The Australian Wound Management Association works with nurses, doctors and health members to bring about better care for all sufferers, most of whom are elderly.
July 22-28National Pain WeekNational Pain Week aims to contribute to the de-stigmatisation of the experience of chronic pain.
July 26Crazy Hair DayCrazy Hair Day is a day where you go crazy with your hair. This annual fundraising event is organised by Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) and is a fun way to engage schools, raise awareness and celebrate the start of the new term.
July 28 - August 4DonateLife WeekThis week-long event aims to promote the critical importance of organ and tissue donation.
July 28World Hepatitis DayWith lots of local events, World Hepatitis Day aims to raise awareness of hepatitis in Australia and worldwide.
July 30Gastroschisis Awareness DayGastroschisis is a birth defect that causes the intestines to protrude from a hole in the abdomen. There is still a 10% mortality rate due to complications or related defects and infections. The condition affects 1 out of every 2,229 babies according to the CDC. Gastroschisis Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the issue and find solutions.

AUGUST

DateEventDetails
August 1-7World Breastfeeding WeekAn annual event every first week in August, aiming to highlight the benefits that breastfeeding can bring.
August 1-7National EOS Awareness WeekNational EOS Awareness Week is a full week that helps raise awareness for eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders in Australia.
August 1-31We'll Make a ChangeThrough a series of events, business leaders help raise money to support the vital work of CPL and create new opportunities for Queenslanders living with a disability.
August 1-31MS Readathon - One month challengeThe MS Readathon is a reading-based fundraiser run by Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA). It encourages people of all ages to read and improve their literacy while raising community awareness of those living with MS.
August 2Jeans for Genes DayJeans for Genes Day is a huge fundraising event for the Children's Medical Research Institute. The day aims to work towards reducing the number of children born with genetic illnesses.
August 2-8Dental Health WeekEveryone is encouraged to visit their dentist or find a new one during this yearly event.
August 4-10OCD and Anxiety Disorders WeekAnxiety Disorders Week is an awareness week dedicated to OCD and anxiety disorder sufferers.
August 8Dying to Know DayDying To Know Day is an annual day dedicated to creating conversations about death, dying and bereavement.
August 13Red Nose DayRed Nose Day is the major fundraiser for Red Nose. The funds raised go towards saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood.
August 14-21Kidney Kar RallyThe Kidney Kar Rally is Kidney Health Australia's longest-running event. Programs are designed to give children with kidney disease the opportunity to socialise and make long-term friends.
August 20-26Healthy Bones Action WeekAustralians will come together to raise awareness about the importance of healthy bones. The event will run over six days.
August 20World Mosquito DayWorld Mosquito Day commemorates British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's 1897 discovery of the link between female mosquitoes and malaria.
August 25-31Speech Pathology WeekSpeech Pathology Week raises awareness about swallowing disorders as well as the work of speech pathologists.
August 23Daffodil DayDaffodil Day is a well-known fundraising event in Cancer Council's calendar and helps support all Australians affected by cancer.
August 27Tracky Dack DayOn the last Friday in August, you can wear tracksuit pants - "trackies" - to help raise funds for sick kids.
August 30 - September 5National Stroke WeekStrokes are Australia's second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring each year. National Stroke Week encourages the community to get involved, raise money and support the national campaign.
August 31International Overdose Awareness DayThe day commemorates those lost to overdoses and the families affected. It also raises awareness about overdosing and looks at what preventative measures can be taken.

SEPTEMBER

DateEventDetails
September 1Footy Colours DayFooty Colours Day occurs in September and encourages Australians to wear their favourite football team's colours to help raise money for children living with cancer.
September 1-30Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthEvents run throughout September globally, aiming to highlight the brave children living with cancer and the community that supports them.
September 1-30Dementia Awareness MonthDementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year and is organised each year by Alzheimer's Australia.
September 1-30Big Heart AppealThe Big Heart Appeal helps raise money for the Heart Foundation, which works to save lives and improve health by funding cardiovascular research, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.
September 1-30Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthProstate Cancer Awareness Month is held throughout September and encourages men to get regular prostate checks.
September 1-30Blue SeptemberBlue September is a nationwide awareness and fundraising initiative that raises awareness of all the cancers that affect men, including prostate, testicular, bowel, lung, liver, pancreatic and other cancers. It also encourages men to make better lifestyle choices and seek help sooner rather than later.
September 1-30Dystonia Awareness MonthDystonia is a neurological movement condition which causes uncontrollable movements, twisting and muscle spasms as well as pain. Dystonia Awareness Month raises awareness about the disease and what can be done to help sufferers.
September 1-30LiptemberLiptember raises funds and promotes awareness of women's mental health for the whole of September. All funds raised are given to the Centre for Women's Health and Lifeline.
September 1-30Starlight Movie MonthBy buying a specially marked Starlight DVD, you'll be giving money to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families.
September 1Gold Bow DayThe ATF Gold Bow Day aims to teach people about thyroid cancer and gives support to those affected by thyroid cancer undergoing radioactive iodine treatment.
September 1-7National Asthma WeekThroughout the week, lots of activities are organised to increase awareness of asthma to communities and help people manage asthma.
September 1-7Spina Bifida Awareness WeekSpina Bifida Awareness Week aims to promote awareness of the disease that affects around 5,000 Australians.
September 2National Health and Physical Education DayNational Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day raises awareness of health and physical education in school. It's a great opportunity to get classes outside and doing some exercise.
September 4PKD Awareness DayPKD Awareness Day raises awareness for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which is the most common life-threatening genetic disorder of the kidneys. It affects around 1 in 1,000 people and around 25,000 Australians.
September 6-10Women's Health WeekFounded in honour of Dr Jean Hailes, Women's Health Week is a week of events aimed at encouraging women to prioritise their health.
September 6-12Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness WeekIdiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week raises awareness and aims to teach the public more about idiopathic hypersomnia.
September 6-12Spinal Injury Awareness WeekSpinal Injury Awareness Week raises awareness about those living with spinal cord injuries.
September 6-12Kidney Health Research WalkDress in red attire, fancy dress or run to support Australians affected by kidney disease. Walks are held across Australia for anyone to get involved in.
September 7World Duchenne Awareness DayDuchenne muscular dystrophy is a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys. The day helps raise awareness for those with the condition as well as families affected.
September 9International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDAY)On the ninth day of the ninth month every year, people from all over the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy.
September 10R U OK DayThe yearly event encourages Australians to ask "Are you ok?" to help address mental health issues both inside and outside of work.
September 13Unity Walk & RunThe Unity Walk is a great opportunity to raise money and enjoy a day out with family and friends, raising money for all those affected by Parkinson's.
September 15Lyme Gladiolus DayThe Karl McManus Foundation holds Lyme Gladiolus Day to raise awareness of Lyme disease in Australia. The day raises funds to go towards research into Lyme disease in Australia and helps raise public awareness of the disease.
September 21-27Herbal Medicine WeekHerbal Medicine Week is a week celebrating the healthy use of herbal medicines. This annual event is held by the National Herbalists Association of Australia.
September 21World Alzheimer's DayWorld Alzheimer's Day brings together the efforts of all the Alzheimer's organisations to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia.
September 26Mesothelioma Awareness DayMesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. The day raises awareness about the condition and makes positive steps towards prevention and care.
September 29World Heart DayCardiovascular diseases are the world's biggest killers. World Heart Day encourages us all to take care of our hearts.

OCTOBER

DateEventDetails
October 1-31Breast Cancer Awareness MonthAustralia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides people with the chance to focus on breast cancer and its impact. Share stories, speak to family members and get important information out to family, friends and colleagues.
October 1-31Great Cycle Challenge AustraliaGreat Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes and ride to fight kids' cancer.
October 1-31Lupus Awareness MonthLupus Awareness Month highlights the need for more awareness and financial support for lupus, which is a potentially fatal disease affecting nearly 6 million people across the world.
October 1-31OcsoberOcsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the whole of October.
October 1-31Dyslexia Awareness MonthDyslexia Awareness Month raises awareness and helps teach people more about dyslexia with events like Light it Red for Dyslexia.
October 1World Vegetarian DayWorld Vegetarian Day, 1 October, kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, helping make a difference by teaching others about the positives of vegetarianism.
October 4-10Mental Health WeekMental Health Week is an annual national awareness event held in October every year. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the wider community, to increase community awareness and education about mental health issues and to encourage participation in life-enhancing lifestyles
October 4-11National Amputee Awareness WeekThe week raises awareness of amputees and people living with congenital limb differences throughout Australia.
October 10World Mental Health DayWorld Mental Health Day raises public awareness of mental health issues and promotes greater understanding of its effect on individuals and the wider community.
October 10-16Bleeding Disorders Awareness WeekBleeding Disorders Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about inherited bleeding disorders such as haemophilia and von Willebrand disease.
October 10-16National Carers WeekNational Carers Week is a time for all Australians to recognise and celebrate the important contributions that unpaid carers make to our communities. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness among our communities about carers and their caring roles.
October 11-17National Nutrition WeekNational Nutrition Week encourages Australians to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.
October 12World Arthritis DayWorld Arthritis Day brings arthritis sufferers together and gives them a voice to be heard.
October 12Odd Socks DayOdd Socks Day is a light-hearted way to remind people that we can all have an odd day. The day attempts to tackle the stigma around mental illness.
October 14World Sight DayWorld Sight Day raises public awareness on blindness and low vision, providing an opportunity to educate people more about the causes of blindness and preventative measures.
October 15Wellness Walk & FestivalThe walk raises awareness for mental illness and promotes the importance of community and togetherness by bringing people together from all backgrounds.
October 15Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance DayInternational Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day occurs every October. Parents and families across Australia have the opportunity to honour their babies who passed away from stillbirth, miscarriage or postnatal causes.
October 16Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness DayDevelopmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day promotes greater awareness for DLD, which affects how a person thinks about, understands and uses language. A person with DLD is at high risk of incarceration and suicide. This important day looks at educating the public more about the condition.
October 18-24National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)Deaf Australia organises events through a week-long period in October, which focuses on celebrating the deaf community in Australia.
October 20World Osteoporosis DayWorld Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20 and involves lots of campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world.
October 21Headspace Day#headspaceday is about ensuring young people have access to mental health services no matter where they live in Australia.
October 24World Polio DayWorld Polio Day highlights the importance of the global eradication of polio.

NOVEMBER

DateEventDetails
November 1-30MovemberMovember raises awareness of men's health issues and is a fun way to raise money for a good cause.
November 1-30Lung Cancer Awareness MonthLung Cancer Awareness Month helps raise awareness about lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia. The month sees a range of community events and activities taking place to raise funds.
November 1International Drug Users DayInternational Drug Users Day aims to raise awareness and increase action to address the needs of people who use drugs.
November 8-14Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness WeekPerinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. Since then, PANDA has been helping raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including what to look for and where you can seek support.
November 18-24Antibiotic Awareness WeekAntibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event that discusses the significance of antibiotic resistance. The week encourages people to use antibiotics responsibly and only when necessary.
November 12World Pneumonia DayWorld Pneumonia Day raises awareness of pneumonia as a public health issue and works to stop preventable child deaths from pneumonia.
November 14World Diabetes DayWorld Diabetes Day takes place in more than 160 countries, making it the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign.
November 15-23Alopecia Awareness WeekAlopecia Awareness Week raises both awareness and funds to provide wigs to children affected by alopecia.
November 17World Prematurity DayThis day raises awareness of babies born prematurely.
November 18World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayMore commonly known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema, WCOPDD raises awareness of the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

DECEMBER

DateEventDetails
December 1World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day is a globally recognised event that takes place on 1 December. The day raises awareness about the issues and concerns surrounding HIV and AIDS. It's also a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died.
December 1-31DecembeardDecembeard Australia encourages men to grow a beard in December to raise awareness for bowel cancer. The disease affects 1 in 10 Aussie men making it Australia's second biggest cancer killer.
December 3International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesThe International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) is celebrated every year in Australia on 3 December to acknowledge the incredible contribution people of all abilities make to the community.

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  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Find out how you can help raise awareness and vital funds for research by participating in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Dementia Awareness Month

    During September Dementia Australia encourages Australians to help support the fight against all forms of dementia.

  • Women’s Health Week

    Learn how you can raise awareness and contribute to the conversation by participating in Women’s Health Week.

  • Hearing Awareness Week

    Learn what you can do to help raise awareness about hearing loss by participating in Hearing Awareness Week.

  • Jeans for Genes Day

    Sport a pair of your favourite jeans this August and help the Children’s Medical Research in their fight against genetic diseases in children.

  • Dental Health Week

    Everyone loves pearly whites, so why not help mobilise support for maintaining good oral health during Dental Health Week.

  • World Breastfeeding Week

    Show your support for the right of mothers to breastfeed this August by participating in World Breastfeeding Week.

  • Healthy Bones Action Week

    Besides promoting the importance of maintaining healthy bones in general, this event also raises awareness about osteoporosis, which affects two in three Australians who are over the age of 50.

  • DonateLife Week

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