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National Disability Events Calendar - 2018

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Each year, the Australian Network on Disability compiles a list of key disability and health-related campaigns and events scheduled throughout the year. 
For businesses wanting to link their marketing campaigns into these events and help achieve greater awareness within the community to people living with a disability this is a good place to start.
Here is a month on month summary of national events and awareness campaigns:
 
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)
5-11 -- Feeding Tube Awareness Week, Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation 
8 -- National Open Employment Forum 2018, Inclusion Australia
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
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
5-11 -- Kidney Health Week, Kidney 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, BrainAware
16-19 -- 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, United Nations
23-24 -- National Human Rights conference, Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia (ADA Australia)
24 -- World Tuberculosis Day, United Nations
25 -- MS Swimathon Mackay, MS Queensland
26 -- MS Melbourne Cycle, MS Australia
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 Day, Haemophilia 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
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 -- 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 Day, Scleroderma 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 -- 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
TBC - Headache and Migraine Week, Headache 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 Day, World 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
TBC -- National Amputee Awareness Week, Limbs 4 Life
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 WA, Western Australian Association for Mental Health
7-13 -- Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week and Red Cake Day, Haemophilia Foundation Australia
10 -- World Mental Health Day, Mental 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 Day, Rotary 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
25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 
13-19 - Antibiotic Awareness Week - World Health Organization
12-18 - National Psychology Week - Australian Psychological Society
26 - 3 Dec - Assistance Dogs Australia Awareness Week - Assistance Dogs Australia
27 - 3 Dec - I 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 - International Day of People with Disability (2017 is 25th anniversary of this date)
3 - National Disability Awards - International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

* 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 include, please email info@and.org.au.