Calendar of Events

Provides details, dates and locations of major awareness days weeks and months, related to health, in the current year.

Page last updated: 30 September 2014

Introduction

The dates and events listed are major awareness days, weeks and months related to health. They could also be subject to change and confirmation should be sought from the relevant organisation before planning any associated activities. For other fund-raising events related to a particular organisation, visit the organisation's web site. No responsibility is accepted for the correctness of information and contacts supplied by contributing organisations. A listing in this calendar does not imply endorsement by the Australian Department of Health. To have an event listed or update an entry, please fill out our Events Calendar Form.

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January

01 January - New Year’s Day - Nationwide

26 January - Australia Day - Nationwide

26 January - Big Red BBQ - Nationwide - Kidney Health Australia - 1800 454 363

27 January - Monday Australia Day Replacement

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February

Month of February - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Queensland - Ovarian Cancer Australia website 1300 660 334 Cancer Council Queensland 13 11 20

Month of February - Red Feb Month - Nationwide - Heart Research Australia email the Heart Research Australia 02 9436 0056

Month of February - Raynaud’s Awareness Month -Nationwide - Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre Scleroderma Australia email the Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre

1-28 February - FebFast 2014 – a pause for the better - Nationwide - FebFast email FebFast

2 February - Neuroblastoma Awareness Day - Nationwide - Neuroblastoma Australia email Neuroblastoma Australia - 0406 991 606

14 February - Heart Research Day- Nationwide - Heart Research Australia email the Heart Research Australia 02 9436 0056

17-23 February - Australia’s Healthy Weight Week - Worldwide - Dieticians Association of Australia - 02 6163 5200

23 February - Cycle of Giving 2014 - Qld - The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

23 February - 2 March - DonateLife Week - Nationwide - Organ and Tissue Authority - Donate Life Website email the Organ and Tissue Authority

26 February - Teal Ribbon Day - Nationwide - Ovarian Cancer Australia 1300 660 334

28 February - International Rare Disease Day - Worldwide - Rare Voices Australia Ltd email Rare Voices Australia Ltd

28 February - Summer's Day - Nationwide - Kidsafe Qld Inc email kidsafeqld - 07 3854 1829

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March

Month of March - National Epilepsy Awareness Month - Nationwide - Epilepsy Australia email Epilepsy Australia 1300 852 853

Month of March - Melanoma March - Nationwide - Melanoma Institute Australia

Month of March - Dine In For Diabetes - Nationwide - Diabetes Counselling Online

1-9 March - Lymphoedema Awareness Week - Nationwide - Australasian Lymphology Association

2 March - YMCA Swimathon - Nationwide - YMCA NSW - email YMCA NSW 02 9687 6233

2-9 March - National Sleep Awareness Day - Nationwide - email the Narcolepsy Support Group Australia

3 March - Labour Day - WA

6 March - Change Day 2014 - Nationwide - email Change Day

8 March - Suddenly Sleepy Saturday (Narcolepsy Awareness Day) - Nationwide - email the Narcolepsy Support Group Australia

9-15 March - World Glaucoma Week - Nationwide - Glaucoma Australia

9-16 March - Multiple Birth Awareness Week - Nationwide - Australian Multiple Birth Association - email Australian Multiple Birth Association

10 March - Canberra Day - ACT

10 March - 8 Hours Day - TAS

10 March - Adelaide Cup Day - SA

10 March - Labour Day - VIC

10-16 March - International Brain Awareness Week - Nationwide - Brain Foundation email the Brain Foundation 1300 886 660

13 March - World Kidney Day - Kidney Health Australia Kidneys for Life

13-20 March - Coeliac Awareness Week - Coeliac Australia

20 March - World Oral Health Day - Worldwide - Australian Dental Association NSW email Australian Dental Association NSW

20 March - National Close the Gap Day - Nationwide - Oxfam Australia

22 March - Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day - Worldwide - Lynch Syndrome Australia - email Lynch Syndrome Australia 0416 070 036

24-28 March - National Wound Awareness Week - Nationwide - Australian Wound Management Association - email the event contact officer

26 March - Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness - Nationwide - Epilepsy Australia email Epilepsy Australia 1300 852 853

30 March - Neighbour Day - Nationwide - Relationships Australia

30 March - Melanoma Awareness March - Queensland - Melanoma Patients Australia - email Melanoma Patients Australia

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April

Month of April - International Fabry Disease Awareness Month - Worldwide - The Fabry Patient Association of Australia

5 April - Gluten Free Food Fair and Information Day - NSW - Coeliac NSW/ACT 1300 458 836

5-11 April - Mercer SuperCycle 2014 - Nationwide - SuperCycle Inc. - 08 7002 0804

7 April - World Health Day - Worldwide - World Health Organisation

9 April - Wear Green for Premmies - Nationwide - L'il Aussie Prems Foundation - 1300 666 329

11 April - World Parkinson's Day - Worldwide - Parkinson's Queensland Inc. - email Parkinson's Queensland

12 April - ACN Nursing and Health Expo VIC - Australian College of Nursing email RCNA 1800 061 660

13-19 April - Osteopathy Awareness Week - Worldwide - Australian Osteopathic Association email Australian Osteopahtic Association

18 April - Good Friday - Nationwide

21 April - Easter Monday - Nationwide

21 April - 16 May - Pre Winter Eczema Awareness Campaign - Nationwide - Eczema Association of Australasia Inc - email Eczema Association of Australia Inc 1300 300 182

25 April - Anzac Day - Nationwide

28 April - 4 May - Pneumonia Awareness Week - Lung Foundation Australia - 1800 654 301

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May

Month of May - NF Awareness Month - Neurofibromatosis Association of Australia Inc email NFAA 02 9719 3356

Month of May - Miracle Month - Miracle Babies Foundation

Month of May - Kiss Goodbye to MS Month, (KGTMS) - Nationwide - Kiss Goodbye to MS - MS Australia email kgtms 1300 785 717

Month of May - Tracky Dack Day - Any Day in May - Nationwide - TLC for Kids

1-7 May - Motherless Daughters Awareness Week - Nationwide - Motherless Daughters Website

3 May - ACN Nursing and Health Expo QLD - Australian College of Nursing email RCNA 1800 061 660

4-10 May - MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Week - Nationwide - MND Care Website email MND Care

5 May - World Hand Hygiene Day - Worldwide - Hand Hygiene Australia email Hand Hygiene Australia World Health Organization, WHO

5-11 May - National Mothering Week - Nationwide - Australian Breastfeeding Association

6 May - World Asthma Day - Asthma Foundation www.asthmafoundation.org.au

8 May - World Ovarian Cancer Day - Ovarian Cancer Australia

10 May - World Lupus Day - Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre email the Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre

10 May - ACN Nursing and Health Expo NSW - Australian College of Nursing email RCNA 1800 061 660

12 May - International ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Day - Nationwide - ME/CFS Australia Website - email ME/CFS Australia (03) 9791 3100

12 May - ACN National Nurses Breakfast - Nationwide - Australian College of Nursing

12-18 May - National Volunteer Week - NSW Volunteering

12-18 May - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Week - Nationwide- Allergy and Environmental Sensitivity Support and Research Association Inc.

12-19 May - Food Allergy Awareness Week - Nationwide - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia email AA&A - 1300 728 000

17 May - World NF Awareness Day - Worldwide - Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia (NF Australia) email to Children's Tumour Foundation 02 9719 3356

17 May - World Hypotentension Day - Worldwide - Kidney Health Australia

20 May - World Autoimmune Arthritis Day - Worldwide - International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis (formerly the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement) email IAAM

20-26 May - Spinal Health Week (formerly known as National Chiropractic Care Week - The Chiropractors' Association of Australia

21 May - National Myeloma Day - Nationwide - Leukaemia Foundation of Australia

21-23 May - National Medicines Symposium 2014 - Nationwide - NPS MedicineWise

22 May - Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - Nationwide - Cancer Council Queensland 1300 656 585

23 May - ACN Nursing and Health Expo WA - Australian College of Nursing email RCNA 1800 061 660

25-31 May - Macular Degeneration Awareness Week - Nationwide - Macular Disease Foundation Australia - email Macular Disease Foundation Australia 1800 111 709

25-31 May - Kidney Health Week - Nationwide - Kidney Health Australia email Kidney Health Australia 1800 454 363

26-31 May - Exercise Physiology Awareness Week - Nationwide - Exercise & Sports Science Australia email ESSA - 07 3862 4122

28 May - World MS Day - Nationwide - Kiss Goodbye to MS - MS Australia email kgtms 1300 785 717

29 May - White Wreath Day - Nationwide - White Wreath Association Ltd

29 May - Wear White at Work - Nationwide - White Wreath Association Ltd

30 May - 65 Roses Day - Nationwide - Cystic Fibrosis Australia

31 May - World No Tobacco Day - Worldwide - World Health Organization (WHO)

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June

Month of June - Lipoedema Awareness Month

Month of June Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - Nationwide - Bowel Cancer Australia email Bowel Cancer Australia - 1800 555 494 or (02) 9923 8269

1-7 June - DES Awareness Week (DES Action NSW) - Nationwide - DES Action NSW - 02 98754820 email c_devine@bigpond.net.au

1-8 June - Medical Research Week - Nationwide - The Australian Society for Medical Research email The Australian Society for Medical Research - 02 9230 0333

2 June - Western Australian Day - WA

9 June - Queen’s Birthday - Nationwide (except WA)

9-15 June - Mens Health Week - Nationwide

14 June - World Blood Donor Day - Worldwide - World Health Organization (WHO)

15 June - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - Worldwide - International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, INPEA

18 June - Red Aussie Apple Day - Nationwide - Bowel Cancer Australia email Bowel Cancer Australia 1800 555 494 or (02) 9923 8269

23-29 June - World Continence Week - Worldwide - Continence Foundation of Australia email Continence Foundation of Australia

27 June - Red Nose Day - Nationwide - SIDS and Kids - 1300 1 RED NOSE (1300 173 366)

28 June - The Longest Table - Nationwide - The Longest Table email The Longest Table - 08 7002 0813

29 June - World Scleroderma Day - Nationwide - Scleroderma Australia

29 June - Stay in Bed Day - Nationwide - Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation email Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation - 02 8033 4113

29 June - Sunflower Dash - Nationwide - Leukaemia Foundation of Australia

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July

Month of July - JulEYE - Nationwide - Eye Health Awareness Month - The RANZCO Eye Foundation

7 July - ASK Y (Against the Silent Killer of the Young) - Worldwide - ASK-Y

13-19 July - National Diabetes Week - Diabetes Australia email Diabetes Australia - (02) 6232 3800

14 July - National MDS Day - Nationwide - Leukaemia Foundation of Australia

21-27July - National Pain Week - Chronic Pain Association of Australia - 0477 351 908 - email Chronic Pain Association of Australia

22 July - Fragile X Awareness Day - Fragile X Association of Australia

23 July - World Sjogrens Syndrome Day - Worldwide - Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre email the Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre

28 July - World Hepatitis Day - Worldwide - Hepatitis Australia email Hepatitis Australia

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August

Month of August - MS Readathon - ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS & QLD - MS Readathon - email MS Readathon - 1300 677 323

Month of August - Tradies National Health Month - Nationwide - Steel Blue & Australian Physiotherapy Association

1-7 August - World Breastfeeding Week - Worldwide - Australian Breastfeeding Association

3-9 August - National EOS Awareness Week - Nationwide - AusEE.Inc - email AusEE.Inc

3-10 August - Healthy Bones Action Week - Nationwide - Dairy Australia email healthybones@dairyaustralia

4-11 August - Dental Health Week - Nationwide - Australian Dental Association NSW email Australian Dental Association NSW

8 August - Dying to Know Day - Nationwide - email The GroundSwell Project - 0439 040 499

8 August - Top 8 Challenge - Nationwide - AusEE.Inc - email AusEE.Inc

11-17 August - Brain Injury Awareness Week, (BIAW) - headwest (Brain Injury Association of WA Inc) - email Headwest - Freecall 1800 626 370

11-17 August - Haemochromatosis Awareness Week- Nationwide - Nationwide - Haemochromatosis Australia email Haemochromatosis Australia - 1300 019 028

18-24 August - Natural Fertility Awareness Week - Nationwide - The Ovulation Method Research and Reference Centre of Australia Ltd - Free call (Australia Only) 1800 335 860

22 August - Daffodil Day - Nationwide - Cancer Council Australia - Cancer Council Queensland - 1300 65 65 85

24-30 August - Speech Pathology Week - Nationwide - Speech Pathology Australia email Speech Pathology Australia

24-30 August - Hearing Awareness Week - Nationwide - Department of Health

25-31 August - VCFS 22q11 National Awareness Week (genetic syndrome associated with cleft palate and congenital heart disease) - Nationwide - VCF and 22qll Foundation email VCFS

27 August – National Meals on Wheels Day – Nationwide - Meals on Wheels

31 August – Parkinsons' Walk in the Park - Victoria, Queensland & ACT - Parkinson's Australia

31 August – Parkinson's NSW Unity Walk & Run - NSW - Parkinson's NSW

31 August – International Overdose Awareness Day - Worldwide - NSW User's & AIDS Association

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September

Month of September - International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Month of September - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - Children's Cancer Institute Australia, (CCIA)

Month of September - Blue September - Worldwide - The Big Health Foundation email the Big Health Foundation 1300 300 817

1 September - Gold Bow Day - Nationwide - The Australian Thyroid Foundation

1-5 September - Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week - Nationwide - Improving the health and wellbeing of Australian women - Jean Hailes - email Jean Hailes

1-7 September - National Asthma Awareness Week - Nationwide - Asthma Foundation

1-7 September - Parkinson's Awareness Week - Nationwide - email Parkinson's Australia

1-7 September - Fertility Week - Nationwide - Fertility Coalition - Your Fertility - (03) 8601 5250

1 September to 31 October - Light the Night - Nationwide - Leukaemia Foundation of Australia

7-13 September - National Child Protection Week - Nationwide - NAPCAN - (08) 8948 0884

8-14 September - National Stroke Week - Nationwide - National Stroke Foundation email the National Stroke Foundation - 1300 194 196

8-14 September - Eczema Awareness Week - Nationwide - Eczema Association of Australasia Inc - email Eczema Association of Australia Inc 1300 300 182

8-14 September - Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week - Worldwide - Hypersomnolence Australia

8 September - World Physiotherapy Day - Worldwide - Australian Physiotherapy Association

9 September - International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Worldwide - National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders (NOFASARD)

10 September - World Suicide Prevention Day - Worldwide - United Nations

11 September - R U OK? Day - Nationwide - R U OK?

12 September - White Balloon Day - Nationwide - Bravehearts Inc. email Bravehearts Inc. - 07 5552 3018

12-19 September - Walking With Wellness Week - Nationwide - Pedorthic Association of Australia

13 September – World First Aid Day - Worldwide - Australian Red Cross

14 September – Parkinsons' Walk in the Park - South Australia & Western Australia - Parkinson's Australia

15 September - World Lymphoma Awareness Day - Worldwide

15 September - Firefighters Cancer Awareness Day - Nationwide - Firefigher Cancer Foundation Australia

15-21 September - Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week - Worldwide Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, AMDF email AMDF - 1300 977 180

15-21 September - Headache and Migraine Week - Nationwide- Headache Australia (division of Brain Foundation) -1300 886 660

21 September - Canberra Big Red Kidney Walk - ACT - Kidney Health Australia - 0429926858

21 September - World Alzheimer's Day - Worldwide - Alzheimer’s Australia

21 September - World Stay in Bed Day - Worldwide - Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, AMDF email AMDF - 1300 977 180

22 September - International CML Day - Worldwide - Leukaemia Foundation of Australia

24 September - FH Awareness Day - Worldwide - FH Family Support Group of WA - email FH Family Support Group of WA

29 September - Queen’s Birthday - WA

29 September - Family and Community Day - ACT

29 September - 5 October - Sleep Awareness Week - Nationwide - Sleep Health Foundation
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October

Month of October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - QLD - Cancer Council Queensland - 13 11 20

Month of October - Dwarfism Awareness Month - Nationwide - Short Statured People of Australia (SSPA)

Month of October -Shoctober - Nationwide - Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation - email Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation - 02 9498 8837

Month of October - Polio Awareness Month - Nationwide - Polio Australia Inc - email Polio Australia Inc

Month of October - Mental Health Month - NSW - Mental Health Association NSW

1 October - World Cerebral Palsy Day - Worldwide - email the administrator

1-7 October - 2013 Seniors Week - Tasmania - COTA for older Australians

1-7 October - Australian Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week - Nationwide - Australian BPD Foundation Limited - email Australian BPD Foundation Limited

3 October - International MSA Awareness Day - Worldwide - Multiple System Atrophy - is a degenerative neurological disorder - email the administrator

4-11 October - National Amputee Awareness Week - Limbs for Life Inc email Limbs for Life Inc

5-12 October - Mental Health Week - Nationwide - Mental Health Commission

6 October - Labour Day - ACT, NSW, SA, QLD

6-10 October - Sock-It-To-Suicide - Nationwide - White Wreath Association Ltd

9 October - World Sight Day - Worldwide - Vision 2020 Australia - email Vision 2020 Australia

10 October - World Mental Health Day - Worldwide

10 October - Hat Day - Mental Health Research -Nationwide - email Australian Rotary Health Awareness

10 October - Road to Recovery - Tasmania - Mental Health Carers Tasmania - email Mental Health Carers Tasmania

12 October - International Arthritis Day - Worldwide - United Nations

12-18 October - National Nutrition Week (NNW) - Nationwide - Nutrition Australia

12-18 October - Carers Week 2014 - Nationwide - Carers Australia carersaustralia.com.au

12-18 October - Haemophilia Awareness Week & Red Cake Day - Nationwide - Haemophilia Foundation Australia (HFA) - 1800 807 173

13-19 October - Be Medicinewise Week - Nationwide - NPS Medicinewise

13-19 October - Veterans' Health Week - Nationwide - Department of Veterans' Affairs

15 October - International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day - Worldwide - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Research & Information

15 October - Global Handwashing Day - Worldwide

16 October - Global Drug Safety Day - Nationwide - NPS Medicinewise

19 October - Bloody Long Walk - Statewide - Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation email Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation - 02 8033 4113

19-27 October - National Children's Week - Nationwide - Children's Week Council of Australia Inc

20 October - World Osteoporosis Day - Nationwide - Osteoporosis Australia 1300 556 900

20-24 October - Sock It To Suicide - Nationwide - White Wreath Assoc Ltd

20 October 2014 - 31 December 2015 - Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain - Worldwide - Australian Pain Society International Association for the Study of Pain - email APS - 02 9016 4343

25-26 October - Baby's Day Out - Nationwide - Australian Breastfeeding Association

26 October - Walk for Prems - Nationwide - Life's Little Treasures Foundation

26 October - 1 November - International Brain Tumour Awareness Week - Worldwide - International Brain Tumour Alliance

27 October - Pink Ribbon Day - Nationwide - Cancer Council Australia - 1300 65 65 85

27 October - Blue Knot Day - Nationwide - ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse)

31 October - National Bandana Day - Nationwide - CanTeen
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November

Month of November - MOvember Changing the Face of Men’s Health - Nationwide - The MOvember Foundation email the MOvember Foundation 1300 4769 66

Month of November - Lung Awareness Month - National - The Australian Lung Foundation email The Australian Lung Foundation 1800 654 301

Month of November - Prematurity Awareness Month - Nationwide - National Premmie Foundation Inc

Month of November - Alpha-1 Awareness Month - Nationwide - Alpha-1 Association of Australia

3 November - Recreation Day - TAS

4 November - Melbourne Cup Day - VIC

8 November - International Day of Radiology - Worldwide - The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

9-15 November - National Psychology Week (NPW) - Nationwide - The Australian Psychological Society Limited

11 November - Thank U NICU Day - Nationwide - Miracle Babies Foundation

12 November - World Pneumonia Day - Worldwide - United Nations

14 November - World Diabetes Day - Worldwide - Diabetes Australia email Diabetes Australia (02) 6232 3800

17 November - World Prematurity Day - Worldwide - National Premmie Foundation Inc

17-23 November - National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week - Nationwide - Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation, (ACCF) - email accf

17-23 November - National Skin Cancer Action Week - Nationwide - Cancer Council Queensland 13 11 20

17-23 November - DES Awareness Week (DES Action Australia) - Nationwide - DES Action Australia email DES Action Australia

17-23 November - Antibiotic Awareness Week - Worldwide - Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

19 November - World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day - Worldwide - Lung Foundation Australia 1800 654 301

24-30 November - Australian Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Week - Nationwide - Lung Foundation Australia 1800 654 301

25 November - National Disability Awards - Nationwide - Department of Social Services - IDPwD - 1800440385

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December

01 December - World AIDS Day - Worldwide - World AIDS Day Australia

3 December - International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) - Worldwide - Department of Social Services - IDPwD - 1800440385

5 December - International Volunteer Day - Worldwide - NSW Volunteering

25 December - Christmas Day - Nationwide

26 December - Boxing Day - Nationwide

26 December - Proclamation Day - SA

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