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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 just want to learn more about these events, simply use this comprehensive health events calendar to see whats planned for 2018.
finder.com.au'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.
What health events are lined up for 2018?
World cancer day
Organised by the Union for International Cancer Control, World Cancer Day helps to raise awareness and educate people about all forms of this disease.
Feeding Tube Awareness Week
First launched by the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation in 2011, this event promotes the benefits of these life saving medical devices.
National Day of Women Living with HIV
Run by the National Network of Women Living with HIV, it was started in 2016 as a means of raising awareness about women suffering from this disease.
World Kidney Day
A global awareness campaign focused on raising awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease and educating people about prevention and treatment.
Health insurance premium increase
If you are considering taking out health insurance or switching policies it would be wise to do it before this date to avoid paying more for your cover.
White Shirt Campaign
5 April-8 May
A joint fundraising event organised by the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and the Australian fashion industry. 2017 date to be confirmed.
World Immunization Week
Run by the World Health Organisation, this event promotes the life saving benefits of vaccinations for people of all ages and advocates for its use worldwide.
World Malaria Day
Another World Health Organisation backed campaign which is aiming for a 90% reduction in malaria case incidence and mortality by 2030.
World Asthma Day
Held every year and organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve awareness around the world.
Pneumonia Awareness Week
This week-long event aims to educate Australians about the risks and impacts of pneumonia.
National Palliative Care Week
Organised by Palliative Care Australia and supported by the Department of Health, this event highlights how crucial palliative care is for those suffering from chronic diseases.
Exercise Right Week
This events purpose is to motivate more Australians to get fit by teaching them about the benefits of exercise and how to develop their own training plans.
World MS Day
The theme for World MS Day 2017 is 'Life with MS' and it will be focusing on improving the quality of life for those suffering from this disease and their loved ones.
National Diabetes Week
1.1 million Australians live with diabetes. This fundraising event aims to raise awareness and drive prevention.
World Hepatitis Day
The day aims to raise awareness worldwide of hepatitis. There are several local events.
World Breastfeeding Week
An annual event every first week in August, aiming to highlight the benefits that breastfeeding can bring.
Dental Health Week
Everyone is encouraged to visit their dentist or find a new one during this yearly event.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Events will be running throughout September globally. The aim is to honour kids with cancer and the community that supports them.
Dementia Awareness Month
The theme for 2018 is 'you are not alone' as events will run throughout September. The yearly event is run by Alzheimers Australia.
R U OK Day
The yearly event aims to encourage Australians to ask, 'are you ok'? Held on the second September Thursday every year.