Allied Health Professionals

We are happy to announce that we also offer the following specialist services:

  • Podiatrist
  • Clinical Labs – on-site pathology

 

Alasdair Evans and Anna Kosch

  • Consultations/sessions available.
  • Clinic days are every 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of each month

  • Open from 8.30am to 12noon Monday to Friday. For enquiries please phone 9964 3317. NOTE: Currently unattended as they are short-staffed. Please proceed to main collection centre at St John of God Hospital.

May is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1-31 May
The Bloody Long Walk (Melbourne)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-31 May
Kidney Health Week
1 in 3 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. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/kidneyhealthweek.html
1-31 May
White Shirt Day
Ovarian cancer is an insidious disease, often known as a “silent-killer” as symptoms are vague and often strike without warning. By wearing a white shirt or t-shirt on this day you will be showing your support for women and their families impacted by ovarian cancer along with the OCRF’s vital research. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.ocrf.com.au/campaign/31/white-shirt-campaign-2023
1-31 May
IAIM One-in-Five Challenge
1 in 5 Australian two-year olds have already developed identifiable indicators of mental health difficulties. The IAIM invite you to participate in the One-in-Five Challenge to help reduce this number, and to give all babies and children a better shot at life-long mental health. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.oneinfive.com.au/
1-31 May
Macula Month
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Macula Month is an annual event designed to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macula checked.
www.mdfoundation.com.au/events/general-events/macula-month/
1-31 May
Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month
Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month aims to provide information to people and healthcare professionals, so they can learn and understand more about what exactly neurofibromatosis (NF) is.
www.ctf.org.au/campaign/6/outoftheshadows
1-31 May
Miracle Month of May
This raises awareness and funds for premature and sick newborn babies as well as their families and the hospitals that take care of them.
www.miraclebabies.org.au/
1-31 May
Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month
The 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.
www.ehlers-danlos.com
1-31 May
Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month
Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month raises awareness for inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), which more than 5 million people live with.
www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au
6 May
International No Diet Day
International 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.
www.eatingdisorders.org.au
7 May
World Asthma Day
World Asthma Day (WAD) takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May. Initiated by the Global Initiative for Asthma in 1998, the National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) embraces WAD and marks the occasion to highlight the need for ongoing care and vigilance in managing asthma.
www.nationalasthma.org.au
8 May
International Thalassaemia Day
Patients 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.
www.tasca.org.au
8 May
National Amyloidosis Day
National Amyloidosis Day intends to raise funds and awareness for Amyloidosis. Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which abnormal protein, known as amyloid fibrils, builds up in tissue.
8 May
World Red Cross Day
This 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.
www.redcross.org.au
10 May
World Lupus Day
World 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.
www.worldlupusday.org
12 May
International ME/CFS Awareness Day
International 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.
15 May
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Global Awareness Day
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Global Awareness Day raises awareness for a rare disease that affects more than 2,000 people in Australia.
www.tsa.org.au
19 May
World IBD Day
World IBD Day is organised by patient organisations and fights for those suffering from inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease.
www.crohnsandcolitis.org.au/
19-25 May
National Palliative Care Week
Organised 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. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.palliativecare.org.au/
20-26 May
World Salt Awareness Week
Many know that eating too much salt is bad for their health. However, when eating out out of the home it can be difficult to know where to start. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.worldactiononsalt.com/
20-26 May
Exercise Right Week
This 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.
www.exerciseright.com.au/exercise-right-week-campaign
24 May
Don’t Fry Day
Australia’s Skin Cancer Prevention Day!
www.skincancerprevention.org/
25 May
Tracky Dack Day
For one day a year, tracky dacks become the fashion choice that says “I care.”, you can wear tracksuit pants, “trackies”, to help raise funds for sick kids.
www.trackydackday.com
25 May
World Thyroid Day
World Thyroid Day campaigns for those suffering from this disease and recognises the medical professionals worldwide who are fighting it.
www.thyroidfoundation.org.au
25-31 May
Spinal Health Week
Spinal Health Week raises awareness of the importance of spinal health, which can have a huge impact on improving our overall health and wellbeing.
www.chiro.org.au/
26 May – 1 June
Food Allergy Week
Food Allergy Week is run by the charitable, not-for-profit organisation Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. It’s annual initiative that aims to better educate the public on the importance of understanding food allergy and supporting those when it comes to allergy management.
www.allergyfacts.org.au/faw
27 May
Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Day
Prader-Willi syndrome is a lifelong condition and although lots of research is being carried out, to date there is no cure. On the last Friday of May, we aim to raise awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome to help boost the possibility of finding a cure.
www.pwsavic.org.au/news/the-history-of-prader-willi-syndrome-awareness-month/
29 May
Wear White at Work
On 29 May ‘Wear white at work’ and donate a gold coin to show your support for mental illness sufferers and families of suicide victims. The White Wreath Association provides 24-hour support for anyone who is in needof assistance and support.
www.whitewreath.com/coming-events
30 May
World MS Day
World MS Day focuses on improving the quality of life for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and helps teach people more about the disease.
www.worldmsday.org
31 May
World No Tobacco Day
This is an annual event aiming to show the harm the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of nations.
www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en

June is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1-30 June
Migraine Awareness Month
Migraine Awareness Month is an International Event held every year in June and is organised in Australia by Migraine Australia, a national patient advocacy organisation founded to support all Australians living with migraine and their families.
www.migraine.org.au
1-30 June
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Bowel cancer is a common diagnosis in Australia. It is potentially one of the most preventable cancers through the early detection of abnormalities from screening.
www.bowelcancerawarenessmonth.org
1-30 June
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month
Cytomegalovirus (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.
www.cmv.org.au
1-30 June
Orthoptic Awareness Week
Orthoptic 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. The exact dates for 2023 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.orthoptics.org.au/media-advocacy/orthoptics-awareness-week-oaw
1-30 June
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week
Infant 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. The exact dates for 2023 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.waimh.org
1-30 June
The Bloody Long Walk (Sunshine Coast)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2023 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-30 June
The Bloody Long Walk (Brisbane)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2023 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-30 June
The Bloody Long Walk (Wollongong)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2023 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-7 June
Haemochromatosis Awareness Week
Haemochromatosis Awareness Week raises awareness of haemochromatosis, or inherited iron overload disorder, by teaching communities more about the condition.
www.haemochromatosis.org.au
2-8 June
Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week
Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week teaches us more about what Tourette syndrome is and tackles stigmas created by false information about the disorder. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.tourette.org.au
5-11 June
World Allergy Week
World 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.
www.allergyimmunology.org.au/support-aifa/worldallergyweek
7-13 June
Heart Rhythm Week
Arrhythmias 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. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.heartrhythmalliance.org/aa/au
10-16 June
International Men’s Health Week
International Men’s Health Week promotes awareness of the importance of good health in men, boys and their families. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.menshealthweek.org.au
14 June
World Blood Donor Day
World Blood Donor Day aims to remind us all about the importance of blood donations and how much more blood is required to help all those who need it.
www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day
19 June
World Sickle Cell Day
Sickle 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.
www.tasca.org.au
19 June
Red Apple Day
By purchasing the red apple pin, Australians can help awareness for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
www.redappleday.org
21 June
International Day of Yoga
The 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.
www.un.org/en/observances/yoga-day
21 June
MND Global Day
MND Global Day raises awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), which is a progressive neurological disease.
27 June
PTSD Awareness Day
This international day raises awareness about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure more people know about the condition and more people who suffer PTSD will seek treatment. PTSD is the most common mental health disorder after depression. In Australia the day is recognised by the Department of Health.
www.phoenixaustralia.org
29 June
World Scleroderma Day
Scleroderma 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.
www.sclerodermaaustralia.com.au

July is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1-31 July
Dry July
Dry 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.
www.au.dryjuly.com
1-31 July
National Diabetes Week
1.1 million Australians live with diabetes. National Diabetes Week is a fundraising event that helps to raise awareness and work towards prevention. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/national-diabetes-week/
1-31 July
The Bloody Long Walk (Sydney North)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-31 July
National Pain Week
National Pain Week aims to contribute to the de-stigmatisation of the experience of chronic pain. Visit the organisation’s website for details. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.chronicpainaustralia.org.au/
28 July – 4 August
DonateLife Week
This week-long event aims to promote the critical importance of organ and tissue donation.
www.donatelife.gov.au
28 July
World Hepatitis Day
With lots of local events, World Hepatitis Day aims to raise awareness of hepatitis in Australia and worldwide.
www.worldhepatitisalliance.org
29 July
Crazy Hair Day
Crazy 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. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.crazyhair.com.au
30 July
Gastroschisis Awareness Day
Gastroschisis 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.
www.averysangels.org

August is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1-31 August
National EOS Awareness Week
National EOS Awareness Week is a full week that helps raise awareness for eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders in Australia. Visit the organisation’s website for details. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.eosaware.com
1-31 August
MS Readathon – One month challenge
The 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.
www.msreadathon.org.au
1-31 August
OCD and Anxiety Disorders Week
Anxiety Disorders Week is an awareness week dedicated to OCD and anxiety disorder sufferers. Visit the organisation’s website for details. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.arcvic.org.au
1-31 August
National Stroke Week
Strokes 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. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.strokefoundation.org.au/what-we-do/prevention-programs/national-stroke-week
1-7 August
World Breastfeeding Week
An annual event every first week in August, aiming to highlight the benefits that breastfeeding can bring.
www.breastfeeding.asn.au/world-breastfeeding-week
3-10 August
Kidney Kar Rally
The 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.
www.kidney.org.au/get-involved/kidney-kar-rally
4 August
Jeans for Genes Day
Jeans 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. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.cmrijeansforgenes.org.au/get-involved/jeans-for-genes
7-13 August
Dental Health Week
Everyone is encouraged to visit their dentist or find a new one during this yearly event.
www.ada.org.au/
8 August
Dying to Know Day
Dying To Know Day is an annual day dedicated to creating conversations about death, dying and bereavement.
www.thegroundswellproject.com/dyingtoknowday
9 August
Red Nose Day
Red 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.
www.rednose.org.au/event/red-nose-day
20 August
World Mosquito Day
World Mosquito Day commemorates British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s 1897 discovery of the link between female mosquitoes and malaria.
www.malarianomore.org.uk/world-mosquito-day
21-26 August
Speech Pathology Week
Speech Pathology Week raises awareness about swallowing disorders as well as the work of speech pathologists.
www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au
21-27 August
Healthy Bones Action Week
Australians will come together to raise awareness about the importance of healthy bones. The event will run over 6 days.
www.dairy.edu.au/healthy-bones
31 August
Daffodil Day
Daffodil Day is a well-known fundraising event in Cancer Council’s calendar and helps support all Australians affected by cancer.
www.daffodilday.com.au
31 August
International Overdose Awareness Day
The 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.
www.overdoseday.com

September is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1-30 September
Footy Colours Day
Footy 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. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.fightcancer.org.au/footy-colours-day
1-30 September
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Events run throughout September globally, aiming to highlight the brave children living with cancer and the community that supports them.
1-30 September
Dementia Awareness Month
Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year and is organised each year by Alzheimer’s Australia.
www.dementia.org.au/
1-30 September
Big Heart Appeal
The 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. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.heartfoundation.org.au
1-30 September
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is held throughout September and encourages men to get regular prostate checks.
www.prostate.org.au
1-30 September
Blue September
Blue 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.
1-30 September
Dystonia Awareness Month
Dystonia 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.
www.dystonia.org.au
1-30 September
Liptember
Liptember 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.
www.liptember.com.au
1-30 September
Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month
Every year in Australia more than 6,500 women will be diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and around 2,000 will die.
www.womencan.org.au/event/save-the-box/home
1-30 September
The Bloody Long Walk (New Castle)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-7 September
National Asthma Week
Throughout the week, lots of activities are organised to increase awareness of asthma to communities and help people manage asthma. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.asthma.org.au
1 September
Gold Bow Day
The ATF Gold Bow Day aims to teach people about thyroid cancer and gives support to those affected by thyroid cancer undergoing radioactive iodine treatment.
www.thyroidfoundation.org.au/Gold-Bow-Day
2-8 September
National Wound Awareness Week
Wound Awareness Week is your opportunity to support the 450,000+ Australians living with a hard-to-heal wound. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
https://woundsaustralia.org/ocd.aspx
2-8 September
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week raises awareness and aims to teach the public more about idiopathic hypersomnia. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.hypersomnolenceaustralia.org.au/ihawarenessweek
2-6 September
Women’s Health Week
Founded in honour of Dr Jean Hailes, Women’s Health Week is a week of events aimed at encouraging women to prioritise their health.
www.womenshealthweek.com.au
3-9 September
Spinal Injury Awareness Week
Spinal Injury Awareness Week raises awareness about those living with spinal cord injuries. Visit the organisation’s website for details. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.spinal.com.au/good-business
4 September
PKD Awareness Day
PKD 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.
www.pkdaustralia.org/pkd-awareness-day
6 September
National Health and Physical Education Day
National 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. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.achper.org.au/ACHPERNational/ACHPERNational/HPE-Day/National-HPE-Day.aspx
7 September
World Duchenne Awareness Day
Duchenne 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.
www.worldduchenneday.org/
9 September
International 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.
www.fasday.com
12 September
R U OK Day
The yearly event encourages Australians to ask “Are you ok?” to help address mental health issues both inside and outside of work.
www.ruok.org.au
16 September
Lyme Gladiolus Day
The 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.
www.karlmcmanus.org.au
18-24 September
National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)
Deaf Australia organises events through a week-long period in September, which focuses on celebrating the deaf community in Australia. The exact dates for 2023 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.deafaustralia.org.au/nwdp
21 September
World Alzheimer’s Day
World Alzheimer’s Day brings together the efforts of all the Alzheimer’s organisations to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
www.dementia.org.au
26 September
Mesothelioma Awareness Day
Mesothelioma 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.
www.mesothelioma.com
29 September
World Heart Day
Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s biggest killers. World Heart Day encourages us all to take care of our hearts.
www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day

October is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1-31 October
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Australia’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.
1-31 October
Great Cycle Challenge Australia
Great Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes and ride to fight kids cancer.
www.greatcyclechallenge.com.au
1-31 October
Lupus Awareness Month
Lupus 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.
www.lupus.org/lupus-awareness-month
1-31 October
Ocsober
Ocsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the whole of October.
1-31 October
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month raises awareness and helps teach people more about dyslexia with events like Light it Red for Dyslexia.
www.codereadnetwork.org
1-31 October
Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Spina Bifida Awareness Month aims to promote awareness of the disease that affects around 5,000 Australians.
1-31 October
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about inherited bleeding disorders such as haemophilia and von Willebrand disease.
www.haemophilia.org.au
1-31 October
Mental Health Month NSW
Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year.
www.mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au
1-31 October
Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign
October is international breast cancer awareness month and NBCF’s biggest fundraiser is the Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign.
www.fundraise.nbcf.org.au/event/pink-ribbon-breakfast?utm_source=prb.org.au&utm_medium=redirection
1-31 October
Girls’ Night In
Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In is the ideal reason to get your girlfriends together to celebrate friendships that matter for a cause that matters.
www.cancercouncilfundraising.com.au/girls-night-in
1-31 October
Kidney Health Red Socks Run
Dress in red attire or fancy dress and walk (or run) to support Australians affected by kidney disease. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.fundraise.kidney.org.au/event/red-socks-run
1-31 October
Wellness Walk & Festival
The Wellness Walk is a yearly event taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the finishing line at Government House to enjoy the celebratory Wellness Festival! It’s a family friendly walk with an easy route suitable for all ages & abilities. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.wellnesswalk.org.au
1-31 October
The Bloody Long Walk (Mornington Peninsula)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-31 October
Mental Health Week
Mental 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. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
1-31 October
Odd Socks Day
Odd 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. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.grow.org.au/oddsocksday
1-31 October
The Bloody Long Walk (Adelaide)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-31 October
National Nutrition Week
National Nutrition Week encourages Australians to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.nutritionaustralia.org/projects-campaigns/national-nutrition-week
1-31 October
Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day
Approximately 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. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.swanaus.org.au/
1-31 October
Queensland Mental Health Week
Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual event that aims to shine a spotlight on what all of us can do to look after our mental health and reach out to those who need support. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au
1-7 October
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental illness characterised by unstable and varying emotions, that can lead to volatile relationships and self-harm which can include suicide or suicidal ideation. Our aim is to raise awareness that BPD is a treatable illness with appropriate therapies and supports. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.bpdfoundation.org.au/bpd-awareness-week.php
1 October
World Vegetarian Day
World Vegetarian Day, 1 October, kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, helping make a difference by teaching others about the positives of vegetarianism.
www.worldvegetarianday.navs-online.org/
4-11 October
National Amputee Awareness Week
The week raises awareness of amputees and people living with congenital limb differences throughout Australia. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.limbs4life.org.au
6 October
World Cerebral Palsy Day
World CP Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. It is designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality.
www.worldcpday.org
8 October
Headspace Day
#headspaceday is about ensuring young people have access to mental health services no matter where they live in Australia. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.headspace.org.au
10 October
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness of mental health issues and promotes greater understanding of its effect on individuals and the wider community.
www.lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/
12 October
World Sight Day
World 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.
12 October
World Arthritis Day
World Arthritis Day brings arthritis sufferers together and gives them a voice to be heard.
www.www.eular.org/world-arthritis-day-general-information
13 October
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
The day sees women living with metastatic breast cancer supporting other women living with the disease. We are keen to make sure these women have a voice nationally.
www.breastcancer.org.au/
13-19 October
National Carers Week
National 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.
www.carersnsw.org.au/training-events/national-carers-week
14 October
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day
Developmental 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.
www.salda.org.au
15 October
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
International 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.
20 October
World Osteoporosis Day
World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on 20 October and involves lots of campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world.
www.healthybonesaustralia.org.au
24 October
World Polio Day
World Polio Day highlights the importance of the global eradication of polio.
27 October
Herbal Medicine Week
Herbal Medicine Week is a week celebrating the healthy use of herbal medicines. This annual event is held by the National Herbalists Association of Australia. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.nhaa.org.au/events/herbal-medicine-week

November is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1-30 November
Movember
Movember raises awareness of men’s health issues and is a fun way to raise money for a good cause.
www.au.movember.com/
1-30 November
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung 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.
www.lungfoundation.com.au
1-30 November
CommuniTEA
November is epilepsy awareness month and this year we want you to celebrate with CommuniTEA! Register to host a morning or afternoon tea with family, friends or colleagues for delicious treats, laughter, fun, fundraising, and of course to generate awareness of epilepsy. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.epilepsy.org.au/fundraise/communi-tea
1-30 November
National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
Our National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week is used to raise funds and promote awareness and education around cervical cancer and the impact it has on Australian women and their families every year. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.accf.org.au/
1-30 November
The Bloody Long Walk (Sydney East)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-30 November
Alopecia Awareness Week
Alopecia Awareness Week raises both awareness and funds to provide wigs to children affected by alopecia. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.aaaf.org.au/alopecia-awareness-week/
1-30 November
The Bloody Long Walk (Canberra)
The Bloody Long Walk is a walking challenge held around Australia that raises money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease (mito). The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.
www.bloodylongwalk.com.au
1-30 November
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week
Perinatal Depression and 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. The exact dates for 2024 are to be confirmed. Visit the organisation’s website for details.
www.panda.org.au/awareness/perinatal-mental-health-week
1 November
International Drug Users Day
International Drug Users Day aims to raise awareness and increase action to address the needs of people who use drugs.
www.nuaa.org.au
12 November
World Pneumonia Day
World Pneumonia Day raises awareness of pneumonia as a public health issue and works to stop preventable child deaths from pneumonia.
www.stoppneumonia.org
14 November
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day takes place in more than 160 countries, making it the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign.
www.worlddiabetesday.org
17 November
World Prematurity Day
This day raises awareness of babies born prematurely.
www.facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay
18-24 November
Antibiotic Awareness Week
Antibiotic 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.
www.nps.org.au/antibiotic-awareness
20 November
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
More commonly known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema, WCOPDD raises awareness of the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
www.goldcopd.org/world-copd-day

December is Awareness Month for the following:

Date Event Details
1 December
World AIDS Day
World 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.
www.worldaidsday.org.au
1-31 December
Decembeard
Decembeard 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.
www.bowelcanceraustralia.org
3 December
International Day of People with Disabilities
The 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.
www.idpwd.com.au

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