The INHSU annual conference is a unique opportunity to connect with the global community working to improve health outcomes for people who use drugs including the prevention, treatment and care of hepatitis C. The conference is hosted by the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU).
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
National Volunteer Week 2020 will run from Monday 18 May – Sunday 24 May 2020.
The theme for National Volunteer Week 2020 is “Changing Communities. Changing Lives”
National Sorry Day is a significant day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and particularly for Stolen Generations survivors.
The idea of holding a ‘Sorry Day’ was first mentioned as one of the 54 recommendations of the Bringing them home report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. This report was the result of a two year National Inquiry into the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, communities and cultural identity.
On 26 May 1998 the first ‘Sorry Day’ was held in Sydney, it is now commemorated across Australia, with many thousands of people participating in memorials and commemorative events, in acknowledgement of the Stolen Generations.
For Men’s Health Week communities across Australia come together and create fun and engaging events, promotions and activities tailored to the needs of men and boys. These events focus on improving and maintaining the health of our men, boys and their families, and having those meaningful conversations about the factors that keep us healthy in body and mind.
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The 2020 NRW theme is: In This Together
National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared histories, contributions and achievements. It is held annually from 27 May to 3 June and is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, National Reconciliation Week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:
- 27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Indigenous people and recognise them in the census.
- 3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Indigenous people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights known as native title. Mabo Day is held 3 June to celebrate the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo.
Indigenous Literacy Day is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Through activities on the day, we focus our attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities and encourage the rest of Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities.
Wear it Purple Day is Friday the 28th of August, 2020. Wear it Purple Day is about showing LGBTIQ+ young people that they have the right to be proud of who they are. It is about creating safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBTIQ+ young people that they are seen and supported.
This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual
An equal world is an enabled world.
Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28 every year. It aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The date (28 July) celebrates the birthdate of Nobel Laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus.
World Hepatitis Day is now recognised each year through events such as free hepatitis testing screenings, poster campaigns, political demonstrations, concerts, talk shows, flash mobs and vaccination drives.
Thanks to groundbreaking medications, elimination of hepatitis C is now an achievable goal, but one which requires the combined efforts of government, the health sector, and community to be fully realised.
During Hepatitis Awareness Week (27 July – 02 August) and with World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, NSW Health and Hepatitis NSW are encouraging all people across the state who are living with hepatitis C, to take advantage of new easy-to-take and highly effective medications.