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October 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1 - October 31
Image of pink ribbon and the words October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October, Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 1 - October 31
Step Up for Down syndrome

Step UP! for Down syndrome is an event to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. Major events are held throughout the month of October to help raise awareness of Down syndrome, and to raise funds for our important State & Territory associations. Please visit the Step UP! for Down syndrome website for all the details of events in your area.

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October 1 - October 31
Two golden labradors covered in paint, one of them wearing a beret with a paintbrush in his mouth, beneath the words 'Hold a Dogtober Houndraiser!' and Assistance Dogs Australia logo

Dogtober is the annual fundraiser for Assistance Dogs Australia.

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National Carers Week

October 14 - October 20
Actor and Carers Week spokesperson Aaron Pederson with his brother who he is a carer for

14-20 October is National Carers Week. National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation. Anyone at any time can become a carer. Australia’s 2.7 million carers make an enormous contribution to our communities, with their caring roles being valued at $60.3 billion annually – more than $1 billion per week. Each year, National Carers Week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers…

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World Osteoporosis Day

October 20
Broken bones after 50? This is a sign. Don't lose to osteoporosis. International Osteoporosis Foundation logo. World Osteoporosis Day. October 20. Love your bones.

The 2018 World Osteoporosis Day campaign calls for global action to improve bone health and prevent fractures due to osteoporosis, including vertebral (spine) fractures which often remain undiagnosed and untreated.

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