Health Events

Looking for specific health information or ways to get involved? We’ve got all the major health events covered in our calendar.

October

DateEventAbout this event
1 OctoberWorld Vegetarian DayWorld Vegetarian Day, October 1, kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, helping make a difference by teaching others about the positives of vegetarianism.
1-31 OctoberBreast Cancer Awareness MonthAustralia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides people with the chance to focus on breast cancer and its impact. Share stories, speak to family and get important information out to family, friends and colleagues.
1-31 OctoberGreat Cycle Challenge AustraliaGreat Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes and ride to fight kids' cancer.
1-31 OctoberLupus Awareness MonthLupus 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.
1-31 OctoberOcsoberOcsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the whole of October.
1-31 OctoberNational Safe Work Australia Month
1-31 OctoberMental Health Month
1-31 OctoberWalktober
1-31 OctoberShoctober
1-31 OctoberPolio Awareness Month
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.
1-7 OctoberBorderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week
2 OctoberWorld Smile Day
2 OctoberWalk to Work Day
4-11 OctoberNational Amputee Awareness WeekThe week raises awareness of amputees and people living with congenital limb differences throughout Australia.
4 OctoberOdd Socks DayOdd socks day is a light-hearted way to remind people that we can all have an odd day. The day attempts to tackle stigma around mental illness.
5-11 October Mental Health WeekMental 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
8 OctoberWorld Sight DayWorld 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.
10 OctoberWorld Mental Health DayWorld Mental Health Day raises public awareness of mental health issues and promotes greater understanding of its effect on individuals and the wider community.
11 OctoberHeadspace Day#headspaceday is about ensuring young people have access to mental health services no matter where they live in Australia.
11-17 OctoberCarers Week
11-17 October Bleeding Disorders Awareness WeekThis week awareness about inherited bleeding disorders such as haemophilia and von Willebrand disease.
12 OctoberWorld Arthritis DayInternational Arthritis Day brings arthritis sufferers together and gives them a voice to be heard.
12-18 OctoberFoot Health Week
15 OctoberWellness Walk & FestivalThe walk raises awareness for mental illness and promotes the importance of community and togetherness by bringing people together from all backgrounds.
15 OctoberPregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance DayInternational 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.
15 OctoberGlobal Handwashing Day
15-21 OctoberNational Nutrition WeekNational Nutrition Week encourages Australians to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.
18 OctoberDevelopmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness DayDevelopmental 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.
18-24 OctoberSock it to Suicide Week
20 OctoberWorld Osteoporosis DayWorld Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, and involves lots of campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world.
20-26 OctoberNational Week of Deaf People (NWDP)Deaf Australia organises events through a week long period in October, which focuses on celebrating the Deaf community in Australia.
21 OctoberRide to Work Day
24 OctoberWorld Polio DayWorld Polio Day highlights the importance of the global eradication of polio.
26 OctoberPink Ribbon Day