Disability-related Events Calendar 2018

Each year, the Australian Network on Disability compiles a list of key disability and health-related campaigns and events scheduled throughout the year.

If you are aware of an event or campaign that is missing from this list, please contact info@and.org.au with the details.

January

17 -- People's Choice Undies Run for Bowel Cancer, Cancer Council SA

24 -- Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, Many Faces of Moebius Syndrome (MFOMS)


February

1-28 -- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Australia

4 -- World Cancer Day, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

4-10 -- Feeding Tube Awareness Week, ausEE Inc. 

11 -- MS Swimathon Mount Gravatt, MS Queensland 

13 -- UnitingCare Pancake Day, UnitingCare 

14 -- Sweetheart Day, HeartKids

25 -- International Cochlear Implant Day, CICADA Queensland

25 -- MS Swimathon Gold Coast, MS Queensland

25-3 March -- Hearing Awareness Week, Deafness Forum of Australia 

28 -- Rare Disease Day, EURORDIS


March

1-31 -- National Epilepsy Awareness Month, Epilepsy Australia

1-31 -- Banadaged Bear Appeal, The Children's Hospital at Westmead

1 -- International Wheelchair Day, WheelchairSteve

3 -- World Hearing Day, Deafness Forum of Australia 

5-11 -- Kidney Health WeekKidney Health Australia

8 -- World Kidney Day, World Kidney Day

9 -- March Into Yellow, Endometriosis Australia

9-12 -- AMP CAMP, Amputee Association of NSW

12-18 -- World Glaucoma Week, Glaucoma Australia

13-20 -- Coeliac Awareness Week, Coeliac Australia

13-19 -- Brain Awareness Week, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

14-18 -- World’s Greatest Shave, Leukaemia Foundation

17 -- MS Swimathon Rockhampton, MS Queensland

18 -- Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day, Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN) Australia

21 -- World Down Synrome Day, Down Syndrome International 

24 -- Worldwide Endometriosis March, Endometriosis Australia 

24 -- World Tuberculosis DayStop TB Partnership

25 -- MS Swimathon Mackay, MS Queensland

26 -- Purple Day, Epilepsy Australia


April

1-30 -- Go Blue for Autism, Autism Queensland

2 -- World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations

7 -- World Health Day, World Health Organisation 

11 -- World Parkinson's Day, Parkinson's Australia

15 -- MS Melbourne Cycle + Half Marathon, MS Australia 

15-21 -- Osteopathy Awareness Week, Osteopathy Australia 

17 -- World Haemophilia DayHaemophilia Foundation Australia

25 -- International Guide Dog Day, Guide Dogs Australia

28 -- World Day for Safety and Health at Work, International Labour Organization (ILO)

29 -- MS Swimathon Townsville, MS Queensland


May

1-31 -- 65 Roses, Cystic Fibrosis Australia 

1-31 -- Macula Month, Macular Disease Foundation Australia

6 -- Wishbone Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Wishbone Day

6 -- Walk to D-Feet MND, Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Australia

15 -- AND Annual National Conference, Australian Network on Disability 

17 -- Global Accessibility Awareness Day

20-26 -- National Palliative Care Week, Palliative Care Australia

20-27 -- Schizophrenia Awareness Week, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia  (MIFA)

24 -- Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Cancer Council

27-3 June -- National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia

29 -- Wear White at Work for National White Wreath Day (Suicide awareness), White Wreath Association

30 -- World MS Day, MS International Federation


 June

1-30 -- Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Bowel Cancer Australia

3 -- MS Walk + Fun Run, Melbourne, MS Australia

11-17 -- National Blood Donor Week, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

11-17 -- Men's Health Week, Men's Health Information and Resource Centre

14 -- World Blood Donor Day, World Health Organisation

17 -- MS Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride, MS Queensland

18-24 -- World Continence Week, Continence Foundation of Australia

20 -- Red Apple Day, Bowel Cancer Australia 

21 -- ALS/MND Global Day, Motor Neurone Disease Australia

29 -- World Scleroderma DayScleroderma Australia

29 -- Red Nose Day, Red Nose 


July

1-31 -- Fragile X Awareness month, The Fragile X Association of Australia

28 -- World Hepititis Day, World Hepatitis Alliance


August

1-31 -- Tradies National Health Month, Australian Physiotherapy Association

3 -- Jeans for Genes Day, Children's Medical Research Institute

5-11 -- International Assistance Dog Week, Assistance Dogs Australia 

5-11 -- National EOS Awareness Week, ausEE Inc. 

13 -- Neuro-rehabilitation Awareness Day - Australian Institute of Neuro-rehabilitation

TBC -- Daffodil Day, Cancer Council


September

1-30 -- Dementia Awareness Month, Dementia Australia

1-30 - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

1-30 -- Sidetember, Royal Rehab and Brain Injury Australia

1-30 - CMT Awareness Month, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association Australia Inc. 

3-9 -- Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week, Hypersomnolence Australia

3-9 -- National Stroke Week, Stroke Foundation

3-9 -- Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, Australian Spinal Injury Alliance

5 -- Big Day Back, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia

13 -- R U OK?Day, R U OK?

15 -- World Lymphoma Awareness Day, Lymphoma Australia

23 -- International Day of Sign Languages, United Nations General Assembly 

29 -- World Heart DayWorld Heart Federation


October

1-31 -- Mental Health Month, WayAhead - Mental Health Association NSW

1-31 -- Dogtober, Assistance Dogs Australia

1-31 -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Australia

1-31 -- Girls' Night In, Cancer Council

1-31 -- Down Syndrome Awareness Month - Down Syndrome Australia 

1-7 -- Sleep Awareness Week, Sleep Health Foundation

4-11 -- National Amputee Awareness Week 

5 -- Light the Night, Leukaemia Foundation

5 -- Walk to Work Day, Diabetes Australia

6 -- World Cerebral Palsy Day, Cerebral Palsy Alliance

7-13 -- Mental Health Week WAWestern Australian Association for Mental Health

7-13 -- Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week and Red Cake DayHaemophilia Foundation Australia

10 -- World Mental Health DayMental Health Australia

TBC -- Hat Day for Mental Health, Australian Rotary Health

12 -- World Sight Day, Vision 2020 Australia

12 -- World Arthritis Day, World Arthritis Day

TBC -- White Cane Day, White Cane Day

15-21 -- National Carers Week, Carers Australia

20 -- World Osteoporosis Day, International Osteoporosis Foundation

TBC -- MS Moonlight Walk, MS Queensland

TBC -- Loud Shirt Day, Hear and Say, Taralye, Cora Barclay Centre, The Shepherd Centre

20 -- Deaf Festival, The Deaf Society

20-26 -- National Week of Deaf People, Deaf Australia

24 -- World Polio DayRotary International

26 -- National Bandanna Day, CanTeen


November

1-30 - Movember - Movember Foundation

1-30 - Lung Health Awareness Month - The Australian Lung Foundation

14 - World Diabetes Day - Diabetes Australia

15 - World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day - Lung Foundation Australia

25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 

13-19 - Antibiotic Awareness Week - World Health Organization

12-18 - National Psychology Week - Australian Psychological Society

27 - 3 DecI AM ABLE Awareness Week - Commonwealth Youth Council 


December

1 - World AIDS Day - Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

3 - International Day of People with Disability 


* Please note: Some dates and events are subject to change. We monitor these throughout the year and make updates as available.

If your organisation has a relevant event which you would like us to include, please email info@and.org.au.

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