Lighting up Munro Martin Parklands (Cairns)

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In recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Munro Martin Parklands will be lit up in teal lights.

Start: Monday 7 October 2019 12:00 PM
End: Thursday 31 October 2019 23:55 PM

Bookings: Not required
Cost: Free
Access: Wheelchair access without assistance

Further information

Organiser: Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

October – Sexual Violence Awareness Month

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About Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held during October each year to:

  • raise community awareness about sexual violence
  • promote the support options available to people affected by sexual assault and sexual abuse, and
  • uphold a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated in our communities.

There are many sexual assault services across Queensland that provide free and confidential counselling, support and medical care.

These services also contribute to a range of awareness-raising activities and community events occurring across Queensland during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

If you would like to get involved you can:

Find out more

Find out more about sexual abuse and assault and how you can:

October – Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month

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3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

For support and to learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide click here:

If you need help and would like to talk to Beyond Blue call 1300 22 4636.

National Nutrition Week

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Eat a rainbow

Fruit and vegetables fall into five different colour categories: red, purple/blue, orange, green and white/brown. Each colour carries its own set of unique disease fighting chemicals called phytochemicals. It is these phytochemicals that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colour and of course some of their healthy properties.

To download a pamphlet:

To learn more click here:

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week

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Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week is an opportunity for individuals and families as well as Haemophilia Foundations and other organisations to take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia, von Willebrand disease and related inherited bleeding disorders throughout Australia during the week of 13-19 October 2019. 

Click here for more information:

October – National Lupus Awareness Month

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October is National Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October in Australia every year. It is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the disease.

Building awareness of lupus is essential to improve early diagnosis and treatment of this unpredictable and misunderstood disease, and ensure that people with lupus are aware of the support and resources available to help them manage the disease.

October – Australian Dyslexia Month

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The Australian Dyslexia Association Inc. (ADA) is an Incorporated Non-profit Association (IA37281) and Government registered as a Registrable Australian Body (ARBN 147 524 347). ADA are concerned with the well being, identification and educational intervention of all who struggle with aspects of spoken and written language.

The ADA believes that all individuals with dyslexia or a related difference deserve the right to understand their learning difference and have access to evidence based instruction. The ADA supports and provides accredited training in evidence based instruction with the addition of a multisensory component. Direct, explicit and structured language instruction with a multisensory component can assist all students including those with dyslexia and related difficulties.

To learn more click here to go to the ADA website:

Dementia Australia – Care for the carer – 15 October

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What is dementia?

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body disease. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65.

For more information click on link : Helpsheet-AboutDementia01-WhatIsDementia_english

This program provides an understanding of dementia. It explores strategies, resources and support services for maintaining positive carer wellbeing and effective communication.
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
When: 15 October 2019
Where: Cairns
Cost: FREE
Provided: Tea/Coffee, Morning Tea and Lunch

Click on link for additional information and to register:

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 (for language assistance call 131 450)

October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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What is BreastScreen Australia?

BreastScreen Australia is the national screening program for breast cancer. BreastScreen Australia started in 1991 and aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer through the early detection of the disease using mammography screening.

BreastScreen Australia offers screening mammograms for women aged 40 years and over.

Screening mammograms are used to find breast cancers early, before they can be seen or felt. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. By finding breast cancers early, screening mammograms reduce deaths from breast cancer.

BreastScreen Australia is a free service and women do not need a doctor’s referral.

To book your appointment at BreastScreen Queensland and/or to find out more click on this link:

and if you would more information and/or like to donate or be a Pink Lady Fundraiser click here:


September – Suicide Month

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About Lifeline

A Lifeline telephone volunteer

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute.

People call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis line 13 11 14 about:

  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Personal crisis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Stresses from work, family or society
  • Self-help information for friends and family

Lifeline is a national charity and relies on community support.
Donate online now or call 1800 800 768.

If you would like more information, click on link below: