Health Events Calendar 2019

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 2019.

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 1-30VeganuaryFind new, delicious and healthy foods by going vegan in January. By doing this, you'll have a hugely positive effect on the environment.
January 27World 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, 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 the 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 3-9Feeding 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 4World Cancer DayWorld Cancer Day is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control. The important day helps educate people on different aspects of the disease through education and information.
February 6-12Tinnitus Awareness WeekTinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) helps raise awareness of tinnitus and the huge effect it can have on people's day-to-day life. Help raise awareness of the work being carried out and the essential support provided this year.
February 14Wear Red DayWear red this 14 February to help raise awareness for cardiovascular disease, 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 Valentines 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 24 - March 3Multiple 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.
February 27Teal 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 1-31March 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 in support of finding a cure and for women suffering from the disease.
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 3-9Hearing Awareness WeekThis annual event helps bring hearing impairments to the local communities' attention.
March 4-8Orthoptic 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.
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, who are often neglected when it comes to HIV awareness.
March 10-16World Glaucoma WeekWorld Glaucoma Week builds awareness of what is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. The week raises funds to advance research on glaucoma.
March 13-17World'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, as well as blood cancer research.
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 14World 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 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.

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 to raise awareness for.
April 7-13World Allergy WeekWorld Allergy Week raises awareness of the impact of allergies with a campaign that raises support and funds for research into allergies. You can participate by wearing a spot of red in your home, school or workplace.
April 8-14Kidney Health Week1 in 3 Australians have an increased risk of kidney disease. Kidney Health Week is a national campaign run at a grassroots level, which raises awareness of the importance of our kidneys, while shining a light on the prevention and early detection of kidney disease.
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 aging population, with 25 Australians diagnosed every day. Around 80,000 Australians currently live with the condition.
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 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 23-29World 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 Month aims to provide information to people and healthcare professionals, so that 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 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 6-12Tourette Syndrome Awareness WeekTourette Syndrome Awareness Week teaches us more about what Tourettes is and tackles stigmas created by false information about the disorder.
May 7World Asthma DayHeld every year and organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve awareness around the world.
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, celebrating 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 12International Awareness DayMay 12th is the International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND). The diseases included in CIND include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). May 12th was chosen as the official day as it's the birthday of Florence Nightingale who was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS.
May 14-18Myopia 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 2000 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 19-25National 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 19-26Schizophrenia 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 20-26Exercise 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 21-27Macular Degeneration Awareness WeekMacular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. The week encourages people at risk, especially those over 50, to have their eyes and macula checked and tested.
May 25World Thyroid DayWorld Thyroid Day campaigns for those suffering from this disease and recognises the medical professionals worldwide who are fighting it.
May 25-31Spinal Health WeekSpinal Health Week raises awareness for 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 20Red Apple DayBy purchasing the red apple pin, Australians can help awareness for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
June 28Australian Red Nose DayAustralain Red Nose Day is on the last Friday in June every year, and fundraising helps go towards research relating to SIDS and stillbirth.
June 1-30Bowel Cancer Awareness MonthBowel cancer is commonly diagnosed 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 more.
June 3-9Haemochromatosis Awareness WeekHaemochromatosis Awareness Week raises awareness of haemochromatosis, or inherited iron overload disorder, by teaching communities more about the condition.
June 3-9Heart 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 10-16International Men's Health WeekInternational Men's Health Week promotes awareness of the importance of good health in men, boys and their families.
June 11-17Infant 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 14World Blood Donor DayWorld Blood Donor Day aims to remind us all about the importance of blood donation and how much more blood is needed to help all those who need it.
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 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 7-13National Diabetes Week1.1 million Australians live with diabetes. National Diabetes Week is a fundraising event which helps to raise awareness and work towards prevention.
July 28World Hepatitis DayWith lots of local events, World Hepatitis Day aims to raise awareness in Australia and worldwide of hepatitis.
July 29-August 5DonateLife WeekThis week-long event aims to promote the critical importance of organ and tissue donation.
July 1-31Dry JulyDry July is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving the lives of adults living with cancer. By giving up alcohol for the month of July, it's a good opportunity to raise awareness of individual drinking habits and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.
July 15-21National Wound Awareness WeekAround 300,000 Australians suffer lower leg ulcers which 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 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 2229 babies according to the CDC. Gastroschisis Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the issue and find solutions.
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.

AUGUST

DateEventDetails
August 1-7World Breastfeeding WeekAn annual event every first week in August, aiming to highlight the benefits that breastfeeding can bring.
August 6-12Dental Health WeekEveryone is encouraged to visit their dentist or find a new one during this yearly event.
August 20-26Healthy Bones Action WeekAustralians will come together to raise awareness about the importance of healthy bones. The event will run over 6 days.
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 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 whilst 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 4-10National EOS Awareness WeekNational EOS Awareness Week is a full week that helps raise awareness for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders in Australia.
August 6Red 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 8Dying to Know DayDying To Know Day is an annual day dedicated to creating conversations about death, dying and bereavement.
August 9-17Kidney 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 4-10OCD and Anxiety Disorders WeekAnxiety Disorders week is an awareness week dedicated to OCD and Anxiety Disorder sufferers.
August 20World Mosquito DayWorld Mosquito Day commemorates British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's 1897 discovery of the link between female mosquitoes and malaria.
August 23Daffodil DayDaffodil Day is a well-known fundraising event in Cancer Council's calendar, helping support all Australians affected by cancer.
August 25Unity 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.
August 25The Bloody Long WalkThe Bloody Long Walk is a 35km walking challenge in Melbourne that raises money to find a cure for Mitochondrial disease (mito).
August 25-31Speech Pathology WeekSpeech Pathology Week raises awareness about swallowing disorders, as well as the work of speech pathologists.
August 30Tracky Dack DayOn the last Friday in August, you can wear tracksuit pants - 'trackies' - to help fundraise for sick kids.
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 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 month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year and is organised each year by Alzheimer's Australia.
September 2-6Women's Health WeekFounder Dr Jean Hailes holds a week of events aimed at encouraging women to prioritize their health.
September 12R 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 20Jeans for Genes DayThe Australian event is held on the first Friday of August each year and aims to raise funds to support kids with a genetic disease.
September 1-30Footy 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 1Gold Bow DayThe ATF Gold Bow Day aims to teach more about thyroid cancer and gives support to those affected by thyroid cancer undergoing Radio-Active 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 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 which 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 muscles 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 for 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 2-8Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness WeekIdiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week raises awareness and aims to teach the public more about Idiopathic Hypersomnia.
September 2-8Spinal Injury Awareness WeekSpinal Injury Awareness Week raises awareness about those living with spinal cord injuries.
September 2-8National Stroke WeekStrokes are Australia's second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring each year. National Stroke Week gives the community to get involved, raise money and support the national campaign.
September 4PKD Awarenesss 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 1000 people and around 25,000 Australians.
September 6World Duchenne Awareness DayDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects one in every 3,500 boys. The day helps raise awareness for those with the condition as well as families affected.
September 8Kidney 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 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 12National 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 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 16-22Herbal 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 and get important information out to family, friends and colleagues.
October 1World Vegetarian DayWorld Vegetarian Day, October 1, kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, helping make a difference by teaching others about the positives of vegetarianism.
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 4Odd 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 stigma around mental illness.
October 4-11National Amputee Awareness WeekThe week raises awareness of amputees and people living with congenital limb differences throughout Australia.
October 5-11Mental 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 11Headspace Day#headspaceday is about ensuring young people have access to mental health services no matter where they live in 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 10World 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 12World Arthritis DayInternational Arthritis Day brings arthritis sufferers together and gives them a voice to be heard.
October 13-19Bleeding Disorders Awareness WeekThis week awareness about inherited bleeding disorders such as haemophilia and von Willebrand disease.
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 Remeberance 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 15-21National Nutrition WeekNational Nutrition Week encourages Australians to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.
October 18Developmental 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 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 20-26National 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 24World Polio DayWorld Polio Day highlights the importance of the global eradication of polio.

NOVEMBER

DateEventDetails
November 30MovemberMovemember raises awareness of men's health issues and is a fun way to raise money for a good cause.
November 14World Diabetes DayWorld Diabetes Day takes place in more than 160 countries, making it the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign.
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 10-16Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness WeekPerinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. Since then PANDA has helping raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including what to look for and where you can seek support.
November 11-18Alopecia Awareness WeekAlopecia Awareness Week raises both awareness and funds to provide wigs to children affected by Alopecia.
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 12-18Antibiotic Awareness WeekAntibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event which discusses the significance of antibiotic resistance. The week encourages people to use antibiotics responsibly and only when necessary.
November 17World Prematurity DayThis day raises awareness of babies born prematurely.
November 20World 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 Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated every year in Australia on December 3rd to acknowledge the incredible contribution people of all abilities make to the community.

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