Health and wellbeing calendar

Calendar of key health and wellbeing events.

January, February, March

Date Event
22 January

Midsumma Festival

22 days of queer events that centre on hidden and mainstream queer culture, involving local, interstate, and international artists.

4 February

World Cancer Day

Imagine a world without cancer. A campaign to learn about reducing your risk and support services.

5 February

Midsumma Pride March

Join or watch marchers take to the streets down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda to show their support. 

8 March

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

16 March

National Close the Gap Day

Since 2007, National Close the Gap Day brings together Australians to advocate for health equity and take meaningful action to create better and more equitable conditions for indigenous people.

19 to 27 March

Cultural Diversity Week

Every year in March, we bring Victorians together to celebrate the colourful sounds, sights, movements and tastes of the state's rich multicultural communities. Visit the Victorian Multicultural Commission

20 to 26 March

Harmony Week

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Harmony Week includes Harmony Day, marked on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

26 March

Neighbour Day

Helping address loneliness and building communities, which we want to live in, one relationship at a time. 

April, May, June

Date Event
7 April

World Health Day

Celebrated annually on 7 April, World Health Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. Each year World Health Day draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.

2 to 8 May

Heart Week

Did you know that 2.9% of the Stonnington adult population report having a heart disease? Heart Week provides an opportunity for health professionals and the Australian public to start a conversation about heart health and take steps to reduce their risk of heart disease.

15 to 22 May

National Road Safety Week

The week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it. Display a yellow ribbon or sticker on your car, motorbike, truck or bicycle to show your support.

16 to 22 May

National Volunteer Week

Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone. National Volunteer Week is a chance for all of us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you. Learn about volunteering opportunities in Stonnington

17 May

IDAHOBIT Day

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Join thousands of workplaces, schools and organisations in Australia by going rainbow on May 17 to make the world a better place for LGBTQIA people. 

26 May

National Sorry Day

Every year on 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’.

27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

31 May

World No Tobacco Day

An annual awareness day to inform the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations. 

13 to 19 June

Men's Health Week

Men’s Health Week is an important opportunity to highlight men's health and what it means to be healthy. 

19 to 25 June

National Refugee Week

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

July, August, September

Date Event
3 to 10 July

NAIDOC Week

A time to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

1 to 7 August

Homelessness Prevention Week

An annual event to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness in Australia.

26 August

Wear it Purple Day

Wear It Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

4 September

World Sexual Health Day

Promotes sexual health, well-being and rights for all.

5 to 11 September

Jean Hailes Women's Health Week

A week dedicated to all women across Australia to make good health a priority. Check out the resources available about health checks, menopause, perimenopause, pelvic floor health, pelvic pain, mental wellbeing, brain health and physical activity.

8 September

R U OK? Day

A national day when we remind ourselves that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ if someone you care about might be struggling with life.

12 to 18 September

This Girl Can Week

Encouraging more women to be active. 

26 to 30 September

Sexual and Reproductive Health Week

Sexual and reproductive health is not only about physical wellbeing. It also includes the right to healthy and respectful relationships, health services that are inclusive, safe and appropriate, access to accurate information, testing, treatment, and timely support and services.

October, November, December

Date Event
1 to 31 October

Community Safety Month

Stay tuned for what’s on in Stonnington for Community Safety Month in 2022.

To learn more, visit Community Safety.

1 October

International Day of Older Persons

An opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older Australians make to communities around the country. The 2022 theme is ‘The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women’.

1 to 31 October 

National Mental Health Month

An initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia to raise awareness and promote better mental health for all. In 2022 the campaign theme is ‘Building Resilience: Communities and Connections.’ Check out the interactive calendar to find and join in on the various events happening across Victoria such as the Walk for Mental Health at Albert park Lake in Melbourne.

10 October

World Mental Health Day

An opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of mental health. In 2022, the message from Mental Health Australia is simple: ‘Look after your mental health, Australia’ and make a mental health promise.

12 October

World Arthritis Day

A global day to help raise awareness across the world of the existence and impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, often referred to as RMDs. The debilitating effects of RMDs, of which more than 200 exist, are little known; their impact, however, is largely, and silently, felt.

16 to 22 October

National Carers Week

An initiative of Carers Australia, National Carers Week is an opportunity to recognise, celebrate, and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of Australia's 2.65 million carers and their caring roles.

16 October

World Food Day

World Food Day is an opportunity to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all, leaving no one behind.

16 to 22 October

National Nutrition Week

'Try for 5' is an annual awareness campaign by Nutrition Australia during National Nutrition Week to celebrate vegetables and the important role they can play in our health and wellbeing.

16 to 22 October

Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week supports Australians to have an increased understanding of poverty. The key message is, ‘Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it.’ It is one of hope, not despair. 

17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Ending persistent poverty, respecting all people and our planet.

17 to 23 October

Gambling Harm Awareness Week

During Gambling Harm Awareness Week, we encourage people to talk about the harms associated with gambling and the effects they can have on communities, families, friends, workplaces and individuals.

19 October

National Ride 2 Work Day

Ride2Work encourages Australians to commute by bike and helps workplaces make it easier for workers to ride.l

7 to 11 November

Scams Awareness Week

Staying silent gives scammers more power. Around one third of people who are scammed never tell anyone. Let’s speak up and stop scams!

14 November

World Diabetes Day

Healthy diet, physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. In addition, diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.

25 November to 10 December

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. 
Aligns with the Victorian ‘Respect Women: Call It Out (Respect Is)’ campaign. Stay tuned for what’s on in Stonnington for the 16 Days of Activism

3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.