Each year, on June 19, countries all over the world celebrate World Sickle Cell Day, which was initially presented as a resolution by the United Nations in 2008. The goal of this day is to recognize sickle cell anaemia is a public health problem and promote education about this genetic condition.

Sickle cell disorders are a group of illnesses which affect your red blood cells. Sickle cell is a genetic condition, which means it is passed on from your parents and you are born with it; you cannot catch it from other people.

https://www.sicklecellsociety.org/wscd/ & http://www.tasca.org.au/


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus in the herpesvirus family. Fifty percent people have been infected by young adulthood and up to 85% by 40 years of age. Peaks of infection occur in children under 2 years age, and during adolescence.

Once a person becomes infected, the virus remains alive but usually inactive (dormant) within that person’s body for life. It is rare for a person to get symptoms after the initial infection unless their immune system is weakened by severe illness and treatments (e.g. for cancer). Reactivation can occur during pregnancy in women who have had infection previously, with a very small risk of transmission of CMV to the unborn baby.



Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. The global theme of World Blood Donor Day changes each year in recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them.



Migraine Awareness Month (MAM) happens in June each year, with over 35 countries conducting awareness activities and events.

Highlights include:

  • Burple Day on the first friday in June, asking everyone to wear burgundy or purple in support of migraine.
  • Shades for Migraine on June 21. Everyone is asked to share a selfie of them wearing sunglasses on social media for migraine awareness. See www.shadesformigraine.org



Men’s Health Week is a great opportunity for organisations, workplaces, and communities to focus on some of the different ways we can keep men and boys healthier. One way you can do this is by taking advantage of the free Know Your Man Facts toolkits on a range of men’s health topics, such as Men’s Mental Health, Men’s Heart Health, Exercise + Men’s Health, and Mateship + Men’s Health. You can also watch for our new Know Your Man Facts toolkit on Men’s Health Checks, which we will launch in time for Men’s Health Week 2024.

Learn more about the Know Your Man Facts campaign.



June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Bowel Cancer Australia’s signature event to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and funds for the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care, so everyone affected by bowel cancer can live their best life.

Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,354 people a year) – but it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer when detected early.

While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting people of all ages.

300 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,610 people a year).

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