Most items on this page were originally published on the main page. I have listed dates originally published before each one.

February 1, 2015

The WordPress 2014 annual review  may be of interest to some viewers! I am cleaning up the site a bit, I have removed the Archives, as they weren’t viewed as much as I expected. I am leaving access to the 2014 events. If you would like to see any of the 2012 or 2013 published month events, please send me an email at and put “HealthAware archives request” in the subject line.

February 24, 2014

A new page has been added! For people who play the iPhone game Wallabee, go to the new page and comment for your copy of the HealthAware “unique”!

February 15, 2014

An update on the 14th EAHIL 2014 Conference, 11-13 June, Rome Italy.  I will be presenting a poster, which is a collaborative effort with the group of medical librarians that keep the En Español page updated and founders of Días Mundiales De. Our poster title is “HealthAware and DiasMundialesDe: promoting health awareness through social media and collaboration around the world.”

I will also be leading a Continuing Education workshop at the conference “Gathering information for a systematic review of online health awareness event information throughout Europe.”

February 9, 2014

A few days ago I had a teleconference with Paola Ardiles, founder of Bridge for Health “Building a collective platform towards health and wellbeing for all.” We first met at the IUHPE conference in Thailand. We have decided to collaborate as we both are committed and passionate about health promotion. Check out her site, I think you will be impressed with her growing network and ideas!


January 24, 2014

Over 20,000 views as of this month! Thank you everyone who has visited the site over the past 2 years! There are quite a few things planned for 2014.

  • The site was updated, the large header removed and the logo placed on the right side of the homepage. Background colour was also lightened.
  • A collaborative poster abstract has been accepted for the EAHIL conference in Rome later this year (more on that later).
  • I’m looking at a potentially new user group, Wallabee fans, you know who you are!

November 10, 2013

Additional countries with health awareness events have been added the past couple of months! HealthAware now lists events for 25 countries and world wide events! These countries will no longer be listed at the beginning of each publication, they can be found on the right side of the page!

Also, as the end of the year approaches, the 2012 events are being archived into one page. To view older events, click on the Archives 2012 tab.

April 26, 2013

10,000 views! Thank you to the 10,000th viewer… someone in the US, India or Pakistan! a10,000 views (2)

April 15, 2013

My abstract, “HealthAware the first 12 months – what did and didn’t work for as a tool to global health promotion” was accepted for the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion as a poster presentation!

I will be going to Thailand for the conference in August! This isn’t my first conference to present information about the website, but it will be the biggest conference that I’ve presented at, and my first poster presentation.

March news

In March links were added for World Kidney Day in Chinese and in Turkish. Note the date for World Kidney Day in China was March 10th and the rest of the world marked this event on March 14th.

A link was added to References to the Ministry of Health Portal for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I have also found that there are over 45 different calendars in use around the world. I wonder how this affects health promotion where days/weeks/months are used for health promotion?

In March I added the page “Plan Ahead For 2013” events are added as I find them.

I am looking at ways to list health promotion campaigns around the world (by country), as I am finding many governments approach health promotion this way. Comments are welcome.

January 19, 2013 – Finland and Russia!

New for 2013 will be the addition of health awareness links to events in Finland and Russia. These will be added in their native languages.  Many thanks to my overseas medical librarian colleagues, Tuulevi Ovaska and Guus Van Den Brekel.

January 3, 2013 – A New Look for 2013!

For the New Year, it seemed a good time to make changes to the website. Justin Heim created the new header, logo and icon for the site! I’m trialling using hyperlinks (like on the en Espanol page). Feedback is welcome!


I’m also trialling hyperlinks (like on the en Espanol page). Feedback is welcome!

November 14, 2012 – HealthAware Thanks You!

To go direct to the health awareness information for November, click here.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has visited the site this year! A special THANK YOU to the websites that have links to or mentioned HealthAware.

There have also been links from the Queensland Health Healthy Lifestyles website (intranet only) and QUT (intranet only). As of November 14th, there have been over 6000 views from 82 different countries! Behind the scenes, a special thanks goes to Christine Jacobs who helps me find links to the events.

If you’ve mentioned my site and I haven’t mentioned yours, please let me know!

July 18, 2012 – News update

From July 2-6th I was in Brussels, Belgium attending the 13th EAHIL Conference “Health Information without Frontiers”

I was able to spread the word about HAPI, and received good feedback about the site. I also found many people from around Europe are interested in collaborating on the project!

Upon my return from Europe I found out that my application for the HLA/HCN Innovation Award was the runner up application. Congratulations to Sarah Hayman for being this years winner! (page 3).

Keep checking back each month! Besides the addition of health awareness events from New Zealand and the Philippines that were added recently (thanks to Christine Jacobs!), there will be new countries represented soon!

May 3, 2012 – News!

Congratulations to my collaborators in Spain, they have received an award for their April Netvibes page on Safety and Occupational Health!

In other news, on Friday, May 4th, I will be presenting at the Intelligent Information Symposium in Sydney, “How HAPIness Happened!” the story about how this project has developed from an idea to a reality and the international collaboration that has been such an integral part of it. The presentation is now viewable on Slideshare!

Included in the presentation will be a video from another collaborator, Guus Van Den Brekel about our first international project, MeLoW (Medical Librarians of the World) a Google + project.

April 30, 2012 – New Pages!

After consulting with friends, colleagues and fellow librarians, it was decided that HAPI should have pages for countries to make finding events easier. Click on the tabs above to access, or follow the links given below.

So on a trial basis, I am pleased to announce that there is now a page for Australia and for Spain! The Spain page is in Spanish with links to information in Spanish.

A big thanks for the effort from a group of medical librarians in Spain, and especially to Juan Medino Muñoz for coordinating the information for Spain. Please have a look at their site:

If you would like to collaborate on a page for your country, please leave me a comment with your name and the country, and your e-mail contact information.

March 4, 2012 – Looking for Contributors

I am looking for contributors to this site, who can speak/read other languages so I can add health awareness information for France, Germany, Italy, and other countries to this site.

Please respond and leave me your e-mail address and which country you can help with.

Your contributions will be acknowledged.

March 2, 2012 – Pinterest? Yes!

Yes, I have created 13 ‘boards’ for Health awareness, called “Healthaware”.

I have collected images that correspond to health awareness events. There is a board for each month and one General board for items that do not specifically correspond to a specific month event.

If you know of other images that are appropriate for this board, please let me know!

Have a look here: will need to sign up (free) if you want to create your own board.

February 27, 2012 – HAPI now on Twitter!

You can now follow HAPI (Health Awareness Project Information) on Twitter.

Follow at @Healthaware_org

Or look for the hashtag #HAPI

Updates on Twitter will be more often than here.

Thanks to the 81 followers that joined in the first 24 hours!

February 14, 2012 – Zdravlje = HEALTH in Serbian

I’m pleased to say that I will be adding the health awareness events from Serbia!

Zdravlje = HEALTH

March is the National Month Against Cancer: Nacionalni mesec borbe protiv raka.

Calendar of events (in Serbian, Hungarian and English): from this page, click on Current Events or Aktuelna dogadjanja for this year’s events.

The rest of the Serbian events this year will be added to the global calendar that I publish here.

So far this year they observed World No Tobacco Day on January 31st, or as they say it in Serbian “Nacionalni dan borbe protiv duvanskog dima” the second video on this site is about that promotion.

I’d like to acknowledge and thank fellow Medical Librarian, Ana Ivkovic for finding these for me.

The challenge is on now, what other countries have health awareness events that can be added to this site? Please use the form at the top of the page to send me additional events. If the event is not in English, please include translations.

February 13, 2012 – New Icon and now HAPI is on Facebook

Thanks to Guus Van Den Brekel, there is now an icon for this site! The icon will also be used for the mobile app that is now under development and is being used on the Facebook page.

To find the Facebook page, type Healthaware into the search bar.

Please have a look, tell your friends and family! Spread the awareness!

February 5, 2012 – New Domain

Big news! This site now has it’s own domain!

I’ve enjoyed putting together all the awareness events for others to use. It’s been an interesting project.

There are a lot of health issues that need attention.

The next step must be a global approach. I will be adding health awareness events from more countries.

And in different languages!

If you have access to health awareness events in other countries (besides Australia, Canada, UK, US) please consider contributing to this site. Also if you speak another language and would like to contribute, please let me know.

January 22, 2012 – HAPI – Health Awareness Project Information 2012

This blog has been created to assist anyone who is interested in those special days/weeks/months of health awareness. I have searched worldwide to include relevant information for Australia, Canada, UK, USA and Worldwide events.

Each month will consist of 2 publications, one for the monthly awareness and one for the days and weeks. There may occasionally be an additional publication. Please feel free to follow, repost or forward to friends and colleagues.

A link to a calendar with all the events will be available when it is complete. [Note, after looking at the statistics of how often the calendar was viewed, and considering how long it was taking each month to update, it has been decided to remove the calendar. Sept. 2012 BH]

If you know of others, please comment and include a link to further information.

I hope you will find these helpful.

Coming soon: January

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