What is Change Day?

The first Change Day was held in Australia on 6 March 2014.

It was the single largest improvement event in Australia to date. In 2015 we built a mountain of change and reached 56,000 pledges. In 2016 Change Day will be held on the 16th March 2016.

When is Change Day?

The first Change Day was held in Australia on 6 March 2014.

It was the single largest improvement event in Australia to date. We are now building a mountain of energy for Change Day 2016. This will be held on 16th March 2016.

Who is paying for Change Day?

We’re glad you asked that question! Change Day was run entirely on goodwill in 2014. Lots of wonderful people gave their time for free.

In September 2014 we ran a crowd funding campaign and raised $20,000. The generosity and support of so many individuals and organisations made it possible for us to reach even further.

We receive contributions from health and social care organisations that participate in Change Day and from organisations and individuals who really care about the future of our health and social care system and want to see people right at the centre of everything we do. Our partners and supporters are gratefully acknowledged here.

If your organisation is participating in Change Day and enjoying the energy and improvement that this social movement is generating then we encourage you to become a sponsor or partner. Our sponsorship pack is available here.

Do I have to wait until 16th March 2016 to make my pledge?

Not at all. From the 18th October 2015 right through to the end of April is a great time to make a pledge ( or two).

Who can participate?

Anyone can take part, not just those involved in health and social care. Community groups, clients, educators, health service or aged care workers, patients, carers, families, schools and charities are welcome to join us.

Change Day is open to everyone who cares about improving health and wellbeing and doing things better together.

Are there other places in the world that have a Change Day?

The genesis of this idea came from the NHS Change Day 2013 in the UK. The NHS event started with a conversation on Twitter between a group of young improvement leaders in the summer of 2012. They began exchanging ideas about how they could improve their health service. Before long this developed into a shared vision about bringing together staff across the NHS and its supporters to produce positive change and improvement. This led to the very first “NHS Change Day” on 13th March 2013. Its shared purpose was to organise a grassroots movement of people to take a specific action to improve the outcomes and experience of care for patients on a sustainable basis. The initial goal was to mobilise 65,000 people – 1,000 for each year since the NHS was established.

In fact, it generated 189,000 online pledges of action and subsequent actions for change. Put simply: it was a phenomenal success.

Australia, along with a number of other countries, were invited by the NHS to get involved in 2014 and a small group of health workers and improvement leaders answered the call with a resounding “YES!”

You can check out  NHS Change Day

Change Day is a social movement not a business. It runs on energy and creativity. We are just like you – we want to be the change! Join us.

Our goal in Australia in 2016 is to mobilise 80,000 people to participate in Change Day by making online pledges of action (agreeing to do one thing differently to the improve health and wellbeing of others) and committing to make a positive difference.

Are there other places in the world that have a Change Day?

Change Day is now recognised and celebrated in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, India, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, USA and New Zealand.

Every year more people get involved. This is a growing global movement for change. While we are all really supportive of each other and we meet regularly by teleconference and Skype we all do Change Day in our own way. That’s the wonderful thing about social movements for change.

Go to the global page

What is an online pledge?

An online pledge is your way of letting us know the one thing you are going to do differently. Making a pledge is absolutely free. All you need to do is make up your mind to do something that will have a positive impact on someone’s health and wellbeing.

You might like to talk to your organisation, school, family, church or local council and see if they can join with you and do something even bigger.

Change can begin with a very simple idea. One innovative suggestion can lead to a new way of thinking which could transform the way we work. The idea of Change Day is to create a mass movement of people working inside and outside of health, community and aged care all joining together to demonstrate the difference we can make when we do something better together.

Change Day is system change in action. Remember what Margaret Mead said about small groups of people changing the world? Well this is your chance to be that change.

What’s an example of a pledge?

You could pledge to:

  • Involve consumers and communities in decision making;
  • View older people as a resource of talents, skills and experience;
  • Create a healthy environment;
  • Reflect on your performance as a leader and make a change;
  • Design services (schools, hospitals, aged care) that promote physical activity, social engagement and participation;
  • Make a commitment to smile and encourage your co-workers;
  • Champion an effort to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health;
  • Act on an innovative idea
  • Donate blood
  • Commit  to introduce yourself each and every time you meet with a patient, client or their family member  ( we call this #hellomynameis);
  • Tackle a challenge and increase the evidence for policy development.

The list is endless and you will surprise us with your creativity. We hope you will instagram your photos using the hashtag #changedayaus so we can share in your pledge.

Can I pledge more than once?

Of course you can, we understand that you want to make a big difference.

Can my whole organisation pledge as a team?

That’s  a great idea. We think team or organisational pledges are such a mark of a great culture. All you need to do is agree your pledge and then when you enter it on-line fill in the number of people who are pledging with you.

We can help your organisation get the most out of Change Day so be sure to talk to us.  If your organisation is a supporter of Change Day we have resources that will help kick start your efforts.

Should I join the mailing list?

Absolutely ! We won’t spam you or sell your email address to anyone. Being on our mailing list will help you keep up with all the exciting things that are happening to make Change Day grow. We will send you a very short e-newsletter (we call it a Firestarter) every fortnight between November and March and then once a month.

When you make a pledge and agree to our Terms and Conditions you will go on our mailing list.

You can always unsubscribe. We hope you don’t because Change Day is about being part of something amazing.  You can join the mailing list right now Click the Join Us tab.

Tell me a bit more about privacy?

Change Day Australia is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

We try and keep the personal information we collect about you to a minimum. However if you choose to make a pledge on the changeday.com.au website we may collect and process the following data from you:

  • Information that you provide by filling in the Pledge Form on our website. This includes information provided at the time of making your pledge, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information if you enter a competition or promotion sponsored by us and when you report a problem with our website.
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
  • We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
  • Details of your visits to our site including traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.

How do you store data?

We will keep all your details secure and private. This means that we will never give or sell your postcode or email address to anyone unless you give us permission in advance, or unless compelled to do so by a court order or to help prevent a crime.

Okay, I feel confident now so how can I help make this movement really take off?

Tell your colleagues and friends about it.

Post our website URL on your LinkedIn page, yammer account, Facebook page, or Twitter feed

Invite us to come and speak at your next conference.

Send the link to our website to all your contacts.

Follow us on Twitter @ChangeDayAus and Facebook at Facebook.com/changedayaus

When you’ve made your pledge tell others about it.

Become a supporting organisation by sponsoring us so we can spread the message even further.

Contact us

info@changeday.com.au and ask for sponsorship information.

email Mary Freer, CEO and Founder of Change Day Australia: mary@changeday.com.aufor more information about supporting this campaign.

We’d love to talk with you.

Be the change!