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4 March 2019 - 10 March 2020
(date to be confirmed)

World Salt Awareness Week

World Action on Salt and Health (WASH)
Many people now know that eating too much salt is bad for their health and are looking to cut down. However, whilst you can take control of your salt intake when preparing food at home by reading the labels and not adding salt, when eating out out of the home it can be difficult to know where to start.
International

1-30 June
Today

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that infects people of all ages and is usually harmless to people with a healthy immune system. CMV is the leading preventable viral cause of developmental disabilities. June is the time to raise awareness of CMV and to improve lives.
International

1-30 June
Today

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Australia
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1-30), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.
National

16-22 June
Today

Refugee Week

The Refugee Council Of Australia
Refugee Week is used to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

While a refugee's journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope. Refugees flee their homelands not only because they fear persecution, but also because they have hope: they hope to find freedom from persecution, and safety and security for themselves and their families; they hope to be given a chance to start a new life and recover from past trauma.
National

17-29 June
Today

World Continence Week

Continence Foundation of Australia
The Continence Foundation of Australia relies on its members and other individuals and organisations to assist with the promotion of World Continence Week and its theme to the local communities and media networks. Every year individuals and organisations have contributed in reaching out to its local networks, including those who are, or are at risk of becoming, incontinent.
International

18-24 June
(date to be confirmed)

Thinking of You Week

John Sands
Thinking of You Week is a special week that harnesses the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness around the world. Sending handwritten cards generates positive feelings and wellbeing. Science has shown that receiving a handwritten card creates a lovely warm positive boost. The fact that you have spent the time to make or chose a card, write it and send it makes people feel far more special and cared for than receiving instant texts, emails or Facebook messages.

20 June

World Refugee Day

United Nations
World Refugee Day is used to raise awareness of the difficult lives led by refugees.
International

20 June
(date to be confirmed)

Red Apple Day

Bowel Cancer Australia
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 21st June 2017), when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon and apple themed fundraising activities.
National

21 June

International Day of Yoga

United Nations
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word 'yoga' derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
International

21 June

MND Global Day

MND Australia
MND Global Day raises awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), which is a progressive neurological disease.
NSW

22 June
(date to be confirmed)

Healthy Tuckshop Day

The Tuckshop Revolution
The inaugural Healthy Tuckshop Day (being held on the 14th June 2017) aims to spread awareness of the healthy tuckshop movement in Australia. Teachers, students and canteen managers sign the Healthy Tuckshop Pledge to declare a commitment to healthy and delicious tuckshop menu options. Healthy habits start early!

23 June

International Widows Day

United Nations
The first International Widows' Day was observed on 23 June 2011, providing an opportunity to give special recognition to the plight of widows and their children in order to restore their human rights and alleviate poverty through empowerment.
International

23 June

United Nations Public Service Day

United Nations
The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
International

25 June

Day of the Seafarer

United Nations
The Day of the Seafarer celebrates the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
International

26 June

Torture Victims Day

United Nations
Torture seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.
International

28 June

Red Nose Day

Red Nose
Red Nose Day is the major fundraiser for Red Nose. Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities help to provide vital services and programs to the Australian community.

Red Nose is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families. With offices throughout Australia and a national office in Melbourne our areas of focus include bereavement support, education, research, national awareness campaigning, advocacy and fundraising.

National

29 June

World Scleroderma Day

Scleroderma Australia
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. June 29 is a day to recognise the bravery of those who live with this disease and to demand equal treatment and equal care for people with scleroderma.
National

29 June - 2 July
(date to be confirmed)

Katherine to Darwin Challenge

Total Recreation NT Inc.
Up to fifty riders will complete the over 300km demanding route over 3 consecutive days. The aim is raise funds for Total Recreation, a community based not for profit organisation that provides opportunities for people with disability to participate in sporting and recreational activities. Get involved, support a rider by donating or start your training today, join the peloton and take up the challenge.
NT

30 June
(date to be confirmed)

Social Media Day

Mashable
In the spirit of these technologies that connect us, Social Media Day brings us together - both online and offline.

Around the world, organizers have assembled a variety of events this year, including business networking, educational panels, training sessions and social gatherings. Meetups will take place on six continents - in some instances bringing hundreds or even thousands of people together. Certain places such as the Philippines are even taking the entire weekend to celebrate with a variety of events.

You can follow along by tracking the #smday hashtag, and by connecting with fellow social-media fans at a Social Media Day Meetup near you.

For updates and to find out what other organizers are up to, follow our @mashsmday Twitter account, and like our Social Media Day Facebook page.

1-31 July

JulEYE

RANZCO Eye Foundation
Get your eyes tested this JulEYE. 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough, yet every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision.
National

1-31 July

Dry July

Dry July
Dry July is a not-for-profit organisation determined to improve the lives of adults living with cancer through an online social community giving up booze for the month of July. It's a chance to raise awareness of individual drinking habits, the value of a balanced healthy lifestyle, a personal challenge, encourage positive change and an awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption
National

1-31 July

National Desexing Month

Unplanned litters contribute to the overpopulation of cats and dogs and if you choose not to desex your pet then you are inviting the possibility of your pet breeding. National Desexing Month specials are offered to the general public during the month of July.

5 July
(date to be confirmed)

World Drug Day: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

United Nations
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a day used to raise awareness of the threat to public health and safety that illicit drugs pose.
International

6 July

International Day of Cooperatives

United Nations
International Day of Cooperatives is a day used by the United Nations to celebrate the role of cooperatives in economic social and cultural development, and in the achievement of social policy objectives.
International

7 July
(date to be confirmed)

AIME National Hoodie Day

AIME Mentoring
Hoodie Day is a chance for the whole nation to don an AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) hoodie and spread the message of Indigenous success. Every limited edition hoodie sold brings AIME closer to working with 10,000 Indigenous kids each year across Australia by 2018.

7-13 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Diabetes Week

Diabetes Australia
Each year Diabetes Australia celebrates National Diabetes Week to raise awareness about diabetes in Australia. The campaign aims to educate Australia of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and how type 2 can be prevented.
National

7-14 July
(date to be confirmed)

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
National

11 July

World Population Day

United Nations
World Population Day serves to both celebrate humanity itself, and to remind us that we need to look after each other and the planet we live on.
International

12 July

Malala Day

UN Global Education First
On this day we remember the millions of children worldwide (mostly girls) who do not go to school and reaffirm our commitment to defend the right to education for all children.
International

15-21 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Wound Awareness Week

Australian Wound Management Association
Around 300,000 Australians, mostly elderly and on pensions, suffer lower leg ulcers requiring regular care. The Australian Wound Management Association is working with its 3,000 nurses, doctors and allied health members to bring about equity of care and improve quality of life.

15-21 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Farm Safety Week

Farmsafe Australia's Operations Centre
National Farm Safety Week aims to raise awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia.
National

16 July

Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

Asalha Puja Day is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism. It is observed on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eight lunar month (July), and is a celebration of the foundation of the Sangha (the community of Buddhist monks).
International
18 July

Nelson Mandela International Day

United Nations
The UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on people across the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping people on Nelson Mandela International Day - one minute for each year Nelson Mandela devoted his life to serving humanity.
International

19 July

National Pyjama Day

The Pyjama Foundation
Thousands of schools, businesses and groups will be encouraged to stay in their PJs to show support for The Pyjama Foundation's work with Australian children in foster care.
National

07 3256 8802
22-26 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Pain Week

Chronic Pain Australia
National Pain Week aims to contribute to the de-stigmatisation of the experience of chronic pain; work towards creating healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician/s; and to reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.
National

24 July
(date to be confirmed)

Stress Down Day

Lifeline Australia
Stress Down Day is a fundraising event to help cover the cost of running Lifeline's 24 hour telephone counseling line - 13 11 14. Workplaces participate by enjoying a day of stress reducing activities, including wearing casual dress to work, in exchange for a donation to the cause.
National

26 July
(date to be confirmed)

White Ribbon Night

White Ribbon
Join communities across Australia to unite in support of bringing an end to violence against women by having a night in to get the word out. You can invite two people or 2,000 to your movie night, games night, dinner party, watch the footy with mates... the possibilities are endless!
National

02 9045 8444
26 July

Crazy Hair Day

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria
Crazy Hair Day is a day to go crazy with your hair - teased, coloured, gelled or twisted; wigs and scarves, punk or just plain messy! is an annual fundraising event organised by Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) and is a fun way for schools to celebrate the start of third term.
National

26 July

Schools Tree Day

Planet Ark
Each year around 250,000 Australian school students participate in Schools Tree Day - a special National Tree Day event just for kids. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about nature, get outside and have fun at the same time. This Schools Tree Day, all schools and their students are encouraged get involved and plant some trees for a healthier planet!
National

28 July

World Hepatitis Day

United Nations
World Hepatitis Day raises awareness of chronic hepatitis A, B and C.
International

28 July

National Tree Day

Planet Ark
Planet Ark is calling for people to connect with nature by getting involved in National Tree Day, Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event. People can participate by becoming National Tree Day site coordinators or attending plantings in their local areas.
National

28 July - 4 August
(date to be confirmed)

Donate Life Week

Donate Life
DonateLife Week is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government's National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation rates.
National

29 July - 4 August
(date to be confirmed)

Local Government Week

Local Government NSW
NSW councils and their staff provide invaluable services to local communities on a daily basis. While many people are aware that councils manage rates, roads and rubbish, the breadth and diversity of their work often goes unrecognised. Local Government Week provides the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of councils to residents, ratepayers, businesses - the whole community!
NSW

30 July

International Day of Friendship

United Nations
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
International

30 July

Gastroschisis Awareness Day

Avery Angels Gastroschisis Foundation
Gastroschisis is a birth defect that causes the intestines to protrude from a hole in the abdomen, typically to the right of the umbilical cord. Occasionally, other organs are involved as well. While approximately 90% of affected infants survive in industrialized nations with proper medical care, there is still a 10% mortality rate due to complications or related defects and infections - even with the best medical care. Gastroschisis affects 1 out of every 2229 babies according to the CDC, although the actual rate varies by state. Rates of gastroschisis are increasing worldwide, and this trend is being called a "pandemic" by many researchers. The medical community still does not know what causes gastroschisis. Although the overall prognosis is good for most infants born with this birth defect provided they have access to medical care, complications do arise. Studies show that gastroschisis is the leading cause of intestinal transplantation, and that 40% of gastroschisis survivors will need to be readmitted to the hospital at some point due to complications, the most common of which are bowel obstruction and abdominal pain.
National

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