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The October Health Calendar of major health awareness days is here!

Here are some ideas for health and wellness this month.

Remember, you can print out the entire year in a fresh look that you can put at your desk here (2MB) and in a linked version (that’s more for keeping on your desktop or laptop) here.

  • All October
    National Safe Work Australia Month
    Encourages everyone to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.
  • All October
    Mental Health Month
    Aims to raise awareness and promote better mental health throughout Australia.
  • All October
    Ocsober (give up alcohol)
    A fundraising initiative for Life Education Australia that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October.
  • All October
    Foot Health Month
    Encourages everyone to look after and love their feet.
  • All October
    Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease.
  • All October
    Walktober encourages people of all ages to get active.
  • All October
    Shoctober (defibrillator awareness)
    A Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation initiative to help prevent cardiac arrest.
  • 4 October
    World Smile Day
    Celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year.
  • 4 October
    Walk to Work Day
    Encourages everyone to walk more and raising funds for Diabetes Australia.
  • 6-12 October
    Mental Health Week
    Mental Health Week is celebrated all around Australia, with each state adopting their own theme and holding its own events each year.
  • 10 October
    World Mental Health Day
    A day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
  • 10 October
    World Sight Day
    A global event meant to draw attention to blindness and vision impairment.
  • 15 October
    Global Handwashing Day
    Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.
  • 13-19 October
    National Nutrition Week
    Aims to increase awareness and encourage better nutrition in all Australians.
  • 13-19 October
    Carers Week
    National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.
  • 16 October
    Ride to Work Day
    The Australian National Ride to Work Day is a commuter cycling social movement and participatory event that encourages commuters to bicycle to and from work.
  • 20 October
    World Osteoporosis Day
    Dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.
  • 20 October
    Pink Ribbon Day (TBD)
    Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.
  • 20-27 October
    Sock it to Suicide Week
    Every year during ‘Sock It To Suicide Week’ everyone is encouraged to wear bright coloured Socks/Stockings to their workplace and raise funds for the White Wreath Association.

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