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


A phone consultation with our Intake Service is the recommended pathway into the Child Development Service.

Alternatively you can complete an online referral form to commence the Intake process and this will be followed by a comprehensive screening process.

Online Client ReferralExternal Link

The Child Development Service offers assessment, referral, information and linkages for children 0-6 years where there are concerns relating to their development. The Child Development Service is an assessment and referral service. Should children require early intervention supports the Child Development Service refer families to the NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner, EACH.

Parents and guardians, or others such as early childhood educators, teachers, GPs, nurses, paediatricians and case worker who have parental consent, are able to share concerns regarding their child with a Child Development Service Intake worker by calling 6207 8884, or completing an online referral formExternal Link.  An intake officer will then make contact with the person completing this referral to discuss these concerns.

Access to speech pathology, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, psychology, Child Health Medical Officers and Community Paediatricians is determined through a comprehensive intake and screening process.

The Service also provides Autism assessment for children aged up to 12 years. For autism assessments a referral from a paediatrician or psychiatrist is required.

The Child Development Service intake is also able to provide information about how to access private providers in the ACT.

If you would like to talk to somebody about the service please contact the Child Development Service on (02) 6205 1277, Intake on (02) 6207 8884 or send an email to


Children are eligible for the Child Development Service when they live in the ACT, meet the age criteria and there are concerns relating to their development. Concerns may relate to the development of skills in one or more of the following areas:

The Child Development Service is committed to assisting families who experience disadvantage relating to cultural, social and financial factors.



The Child Development Service is a free service provided by the ACT Government. Some specialist services, such as Paediatrician services may be bulk billed through Medicare.

The Child Development Service is located in Holder, at 26 Weingarth Street.Phone Icon

Phone: (02) 6207 8884 
Fax: (02) 6205 1266