Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month (BDAM) has arrived! For all of October, individuals, families, Haemophilia Foundations and other organisations will take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia, von Willebrand disease and related inherited bleeding disorders around Australia. The theme this year is ‘Working together‘, so let’s all come together to help raise awareness!
What’s on during BDAM
Throughout October our social pages on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter/X will be busy sharing information, personal stories and busting myths about bleeding disorders. Follow us to join in on the conversation.
For a quick and easy way to show your support, update your profile picture to use the BDAM frame.
Haemophilia State & Territory Foundations are hosting events around Australia. Attend the events local to you and show your support:
• 3/10 – Thank you GP reception at Government House (QLD)
• 7/10 – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, Rothwell (QLD)
• 7/10 – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, Subiaco (WA)
• 14/10 – 80s Trivia Night & Raffle, Arana Leagues Club (QLD)
• 21/10 – Memorial Plaque Unveiling, Jeays Street Park, Bowen Hills (QLD)
• 28/10 – HFV Walk, Albert Park (VIC)
• 29/10 – HFNSW Walk, Haberfield (NSW)
To find out more and register, contact your State or Territory Foundation.
Colour in competition and other kids activities:
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month wouldn’t be the same without our kids activities! Print out these PDFs at your home or office and join in the fun.
Planning a Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month event? Get more BDAM resources and fun activities here.
The last week of October will be Red Week. During this week organise an activity with your family or friends around something red. Perhaps you could:
• Wear red to kindy, school or work
• Bake red cupcakes
• Have a red hair day
• Host a red colour run
The ideas are endless! Be sure to send any photos or video of your Red Week events to email@example.com or tag on socials with #BDAM23 – we can’t wait to see what you get up to.
Can I host a BDAM event?
Yes! Anyone can host an event for BDAM. Whether it’s a morning tea at work or school, a pop-up stall selling red cupcakes or a community walk. For information on how to host an event and resources to help promote it, visit the BDAM Resources Page.
Can I still get promo items for my event?
Yes! We will continue posting out promotional items throughout October. This includes pens, balloons, posters, stickers, kids activity sheets and more. View the Resource Order Form.
I would like to share my story during Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month – can you help?
Absolutely! Everyone has a story to tell – Your experience of being diagnosed, or as a parent when your child was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, what you’d like others to know about life with a bleeding disorder and some of the ups and downs, an inspiring personal story about travel, achievements, sport, school, work – the list goes on.
To share your story, simply email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can include your name with your story, or ask for it to remain anonymous.
I have so many more questions! Where do I start?
Take a look at our Host Kit for more tips and ideas, or reach out to us on email@example.com for assistance. Thank you so much for taking part in Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.