Health awareness days: a great tool for planning January 15th, 2014, by Ken Buckley

Health awareness events can be a great way to add oomph and focus to your workplace health and wellness program.

While we would never recommend basing your whole annual plan around these events (we know you’ve followed best practice and planned your activities around the needs of your employees as evidenced by your Personal Health Assessment results, haven’t you!), you certainly shouldn’t ignore these handy health days, weeks and months. Here’s why:

1. They give you a great “hook” on which to launch your themed activities (for example, National Heart Week is a great time to roll out your Healthy Heart Checks)

2. They help you keep health & wellness top of mind in those periods of downtime between your big ticket activities.

3. The organisations behind each event often have free resources and ideas, which can provide you with easy and cost-effective ways to keep up the energy and momentum throughout the year.

Here’s a list of the biggest events of the year. Note: this is not a conclusive list of all the health awareness events. For a full list, visit the Department of Health website.

(Want a printable PDF version of this calendar?  Download our Health Awareness Days 2014 PDF here.)

26 January – Big Red BBQ (Kidney Foundation)

Whole month –FebFast 2014
17 – 23 February – Australia’s Healthy Weight Week
26 February – Teal Ribbon Day

Whole month – National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Whole month – Melanoma March
2-9 March – National Sleep Awareness Day
8 March – International Women’s Day
1-16 March – International Brain Awareness Week
13-20 March – Coeliac Awareness Week
24-28 March – National Wound Awareness Week

7 April – World Health Day
28 April – World Day for Safety and Health at work

4-10 May – National Heart Week
5 May – World Hand Hygiene Day
6 May – World Asthma Day
8 May – World Ovarian Cancer Day
12 May – International ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Day
12-19 May – Food Allergy Awareness Week
17 May – World Hypotension Day
20 May – World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
20-26 May – Spinal Health Week
22 May – Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
25-31 May – Kidney Health Week
31 May – World No Tobacco Day

Whole month – Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
9-15 June – Men’s Health Week
14 June – World Blood Donor Day

Whole month – JulEYE– Eye Health Awareness Month
13-19 July – National Diabetes Week
21-27 July – National Pain Week
25 July – Stress Down Day


3-10 August – National Healthy Bones Week
11-17 August – Brain Injury Awareness Week (BIAW)
22 August – Daffodil Day
24-30 August – Hearing Awareness Week

Whole month – International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
1-5 September – Women’s Health Week
1-7 September – National Asthma Awareness Week
8-14 September – National Stroke Week
8-14 September –Eczema Awareness Week
10 September – World Suicide Prevention Day
11 September – R U OK? Day
15-21 September – Headache and Migraine Week
29 September – 5 October – Sleep Awareness Week

Whole month – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Whole month – Walktober
Whole month – Safe Work Australia Month
5-12 October – Mental Health Week
9 October – World Sight Day
10 October – World Mental Health Day
12 October – International Arthritis Day
12-18 October – National Nutrition Week (NNW)
15 October – Global Handwashing Day
16 October – Global Drug Safety Day
20 October – World Osteoporosis Day
27 October – Pink Ribbon Day

Whole month – MOvember Changing the Face of Men’s Health
Whole month – Lung Awareness Month
7 November – Walk to Work Day
14 November – World Diabetes Day
17-23 November – National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
17-23 November – National Skin Cancer Action Week

1 December – World AIDS Day
5 December – International Volunteer Day


Did we miss any? If there’s another event that you follow, let us know about it in the comments below!

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