In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Development of Play Skills


Normal development

When to seek help

  • Explores a variety of environments
  • Enjoys playing with a variety of toys and textures
  • Is able to locate objects of interest and point to objects to show others
  • Play happily next to other children and may be starting to engage with one or two children
  • Starting to exchange toys during play with others but still needs adult help to share or take turns
  • Plays simple imaginative games such as putting doll to bed, feeding toys, driving a car
  • Joins in simple games with other children
  • Playing with toys in a repetitive way (eg: only banging together, lining toys up)
  • Not engaging with toys
  • Not imitating actions or routine play ideas
  • Not tolerating other children playing in same space
  • Doesn’t play with adults or children
  • Doesn’t play imaginative games (3 years old)
  • Becomes obsessed with certain objects
  • Not using toys as a while object but instead focussing on a particular part of the toy eg. only playing with wheels of cars
  • In their own world – not interacting with others