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OCTOBER

DATES

EVENT

MORE INFORMATION

1

International Day of Older Persons

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

1

Walk to Work Day

02 9968 4555

scruby@walk.com.au

www.walk.com.au > Walk to Work Day


1–8

RSPCA Awareness Week

02 6282 8300

rspca@rspca.org.au



1–31

Girls Night In

Cancer Council Australia



1300 65 65 85

info@cancer.org.au

www.girlsnightin.com.au


1–31

Walktober

scooper@vichealth.vic.gov.au

www.walktober.com.au



1–31

Get Walking Tasmania Week


Sally.Bush@heartfoundation.org.au

www.getmoving.tas.gov.au



1–31

Dogtober

Assistance Dogs Australia



1800 688 364

dogtober@assistancedogs.org.au

www.dogtober.org.au


1–31

Wildlife Awareness Month

1300 094 535

www.wildlifevictoria.org.au



2

National Drowning Prevention, Awareness and Memorial Day

07 5465 2000

andrew@hannahsfoundation.org.au

www.hannahsfoundation.org


2

World Farm Animals Day

www.wfad.org

2

International Day of Non-Violence

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

3–9

Fire Protection Week

www.nfpa.org > Safety Information > Fire Prevention Week

10–16

Mental Health Week

mhw@mentalhealth.org.au

www.mentalhealth.org.au


4

World Teachers Day

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

4–9

National Amputee Awareness Week

1300 78 22 31

info@limbs4life.com

www.limbs4life.com


5

World Habitat Day

www.unhabitat.org > World Habitat Day 2010

5–10

World Space Week

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

13

Stress Less Day

8

Happy Tails Day

02 6282 8300

rspca@rspca.org.au

www.rspca.org.au


6–13

Sleep Awareness Week

10

World Mental Health Day

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

10–16

Haemophilia Awareness Week


03 9885 7800

www.haemophilia.org.au



10–16

National Nutrition Week

02 4257 9011

nsw@nutritionaustralia.org

www.nutritionaustralia.org


11

Foot Health Week

03 9286 1885

apoda@podiatryvic.com.au

www.podiatryvic.com.au


11–16

Down Syndrome Awareness Week

03 9486 9600

dsavic@netspace.net.au

www.dsav.asn.au > Events


11–18

Week Without Violence

03 8341 8700

ywca@ywca.net

www.ywca.net


11–18

Fire Action Week

03 9651 5000

premier@dpc.vic.gov.au

www.cfaconnect.net.au


12–18

Reusable Nappy Week

0411 628 433

rnw@modernclothnappies.org

www.modernclothnappies.org

12


International Arthritis Day

1800 011 041

afv@arthritisvic.org.au

www.arthritisvic.org.au


12–18

World Hunger Relief Week

www.fromhungertohope.com

13

Ride 2 Work Day

Victoria


03 8636 8888

www.bv.com.au/ride-to-work



13

National Herpes Day

www.ahmf.com.au

13

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

14

World Spirometry Day

The Australian Lung Foundation



07 3251 3637

karen@lungfoundation.com.au

www.lungfoundation.com.au


14

World Sight Day

+61 3 9656 2020

info@vision2020australia.org.au

www.vision2020australia.org.au


15

International Day of Rural Women

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar





OCTOBER

DATES

EVENT

MORE INFORMATION

15

Global Handwashing Day

www.globalhandwashingday.org

16

World Food Day

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

17

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

17

National Babies Day

03 9803 1800

enquiry@bbf.org.au

www.bonniebabes.org.au


17–23

Anti Poverty Week

1300 797 290

apw@antipovertyweek.org.au

www.antipovertyweek.org.au


17–23

National Water Week

info@nationalwaterweek.org.au

www.nationalwaterweek.org.au

17–23


Carers Week

1800 242 636

www.carersweek.com.au



18–24

Sock it to Suicide Week

1300 766 177

white.wreath@bigpond.com

www.whitewreath.com


22

MS MoonWalk

07 3840 0822

events@msqld.org.au

www.moonwalk.com.au


24

World Polio Day

1300 704 456

polio@independenceaustralia.com

www.polionetworkvic.asn.au


24

World Development Information Day

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

24

United Nations Day

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

24–30

Disarmament Week

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

18–25

Pink Ribbon Day

The Cancer Council



02 8063 4100

info@cancer.org.au

www.pinkribbonday.com.au

24–30


Safe Work Australia Week

www.commerce.wa.gov.au > WorkSafe

25–31

Occupational Therapy Week

03 9415-2900

info@ausot.com.au

www.ausot.com.au


25–31

Great Strides

Cystic Fibrosis NSW



02 9878 2075

events@cysticfibrosisnsw.org.au

www.cysticfibrosis.org.au


25–31

Children’s Week

council@childrensweek.org.au

www.childrensweek.org.au



26

National Kidsafe Day

08 9340 8509

kidsafe@kidsafewa.com.au

www.kidsafe.com.au


27

The Australian Thyroid Foundation Big Breakfast

02 9890 6962

info@thyroidfoundation.com.au

www.thyroidfoundation.com.au


29

Injury Free Day

1300 734 733

administration@kidsfoundation.org.au

www.kidsfoundation.org.au


29

National Bandanna Day

CanTeen


admin@canteen.org.au

http://bandannaday.com.au



30

World Teachers’ Day

www.det.nt.gov.au/events > World Teachers’ Day


NOVEMBER

1

World Vegan Day

www.wvd.org.au

1–30

Movember Foundation

1300 GROW MO 1300 4769 66 within Australia

info@movember.com

http://au.movember.com


1–30

Lung Health Awareness Month

07 3251 3632

margaret@lungfoundation.com.au

www.lungfoundation.com.au


1–30

Miracle Babies Foundation National Awareness Month

1300 622 243

info@miraclebabies.org.au

www.miraclebabies.org.au


5

International Volunteer Manager Appreciation Day

www.volunteermanagersday.org

6

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict


www.un.org/en > Events Calendar

6–13

SES Week

Victoria


03 9684-6666

vicses@ses.vic.gov.au

www.ses.vic.gov.au


8–14

Recycling Week

1300 733 712

http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/



10

World Science Day for Peace and Development

www.un.org/en > Events Calendar


B4Kids turns one and thanks loyal staff

One year after taking over the 21 Defence Child Care Centres, new child are player B4Kidscredits its dedicated staff with the success of the entres.


Leanne Beasant heads up the B4Kids team and credits those loyal and hardworking staff for much of the success in transitioning the centres to the B4Kids family.
‘We celebrated the B4Kids’ first birthday with a great big cake and a party at our Williamtown centre and said thanks for the support our families and staff have given us,’ said Ms Beasant.

Celebrations at each of the B4Kids centres around the country coincided with Defence’s National Families Week. B4Kids celebrated by providing balloons, games and play dough for the children.

‘As an organisation we are very happy with the first year. It’s great being part of the proud Defence tradition,’ said Ms Beasant.

‘We realise how important these centres are to Defence families, and caring for the children of our armed services feels like we are supporting them serve Australia.’
Contact: Leanne Beasant

Email: lbeasant@b4kids.com.au

Phone: 07 3326 5600

Families’ help sought to improve health services

Families are often more sensitive and concerned about the health of serving ADF members than the members themselves. One way this concern can be turned into action is for families to encourage serving and ex-serving ADF members to participate in the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP).


The MilHOP is a large-scale research program which aims to better inform Defence on the health challenges faced by personnel across the Services. Looking at a range of physical and mental health aspects, the surveys went live on 23 April this year and will continue into 2012.

By participating in MilHOP and encouraging your partner or family member to participate, you can directly contribute to the development of health services for serving and ex-serving Defence personnel in the future. These surveys need to be representative of all members so we can reach accurate conclusions about emerging health needs, so it is crucial that as many ADF members as possible complete them.

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. The MilHOP is an independent study undertaken by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health, a consortium of the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide and Charles Darwin University. No identifiable information will be reported to the Department of Defence. Participation in the MilHOP will not impact on your family member’s employment with the Defence Force or threaten any benefits they may be entitled to in the future.

If someone in your family is a currently serving ADF member and has not received an invitation to participate in the MilHOP, please encourage them to contact the study team.
MilHOP contact details

If you would like more information about MilHOP, log onto the CMVH website and follow the MilHOP link.



www.cmvh.org.au > MilHOP

Phone: 1800 886 567

Email: milhop@cmvh.org.au

ADF Family Health Trial update

The Government’s trial of the introduction of free basic healthcare to ADF families is well underway with approximately 3700 dependants now registered to access the medical and dental benefits associated with the trial.


Over 700 ADF members and dependants recently participated in an online survey. The data collected from the survey is essential in evaluating the progress and success of the trial and is assisting Defence and the Government to ascertain the health service needs of Defence families.
To find out more about the trial, visit the ADF Family Health website, or contact the ADF Family Health Directorate.
www.defence.gov.au/health > ADF Family Healthcare

Email: ADF.DependantHealth@defence.gov.au



Your family’s health and wellbeing during deploymentBy the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health

Military service, particularly deployment, has a profound effect not only on those who serve but also on their families.


The first ever Australian survey designed to investigate the effects of recent deployments on the health and wellbeing of ADF families is set to be launched by The Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH).

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, as part of their Family Study Program, is funding the Timor-Leste Family Study to determine the impacts of deployment on military families.

Chief Investigator Dr Annabel McGuire, herself a Defence partner, is in a unique position to contribute as an academic, but also as someone who has ‘walked the walk’.
‘When you partner goes away on operations life changes,’ she said.
‘I’ve been through this a few times, which is why I am excited to be heading up this Australian first study.
‘I know that every time they go away it is different, and how old your kids are affects things too.

‘My job is to put some facts and figures behind what is happening to families, so that we can better understand who copes, how and why.


‘Our aim for the study is to provide information to help develop better policies and services for defence families.’
Focus groups and interviews with partners of ADF personnel in the past few months indicated that families appreciate the opportunity to tell their stories.
The partners CMVH talked to were keen to offer advice to other families undergoing similar experiences, particularly those experiencing a deployment for the first time.
Following on from these informative discussions, CMVH is now recruiting participants to complete a survey that will provide the solid statistics needed to determine the impacts of deployment.
The research team is calling for participation from families with an ADF member who deployed to Timor-Leste or who was eligible to deploy but did not.
The study team is also keen to survey families who are no longer together because it is important to understand how deployment affects all families.
You can contribute to the success of this important research by telling your family and friends about this study and by participating yourself.
If you would like to participate, or if you would like more information about the study, please contact the research team.

CMVH contact details

Phone: 1800 708 335

Email: families@cmvh.org.au


Web: www.cmvh.org.au

Protect yourself from identity theft

By Tony D’Aloisio, Chairman Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Do you keep your letterbox locked? Do you change your computer passwords and bank account personal index numbers (PINs) often? If not, you may fall victim to identity theft.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that in 2007 there were over 620,000 victims of identity fraud and identity theft in Australia (ABS statistics 4528.0, Personal fraud Australia, 2007).
Identity theft occurs when someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in a way that involves fraud or deception. Typically, it’s when a criminal steals or comes into possession of your personal information such as your name, passwords, credit/debit card details, address, date of birth, bank account, or drivers’ licence and assumes your identity to commit fraud.
There are a number of different ways scammers can steal your identity, including:

• stealing from your wallet or purse,

• rummaging through your rubbish or recycling,

• stealing your mail,

• ‘phishing’, and

• using ‘spyware’ on your computer.

‘Phishing’ is when scammers send emails pretending to be from your financial institution asking for your account details and passwords. ‘Spyware’ is a type of software that is secretly installed on computers and collects little bits of private information without users’ knowledge. For these reasons, it’s really important that you adequately protect your computer with anti-virus software.


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