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

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology at the Child Development Service

Speech pathologists are professionals who can assist in the assessment and treatment of communication and feeding. Within the Child Development Service Speech Pathologists offer a range of services including assessment and advice and strategies to assist parents support the development of their children 0-6 years in the areas of:

For more information about the Speech Pathology profession see Speech Pathology Australia.

How We can Help

Parents and guardians are welcome to attend a Drop-In Clinic, contact Intake on (02) 6207 8884 or make a referral if they have concerns about their children.

Drop-In Clinics for Speech Pathology

Location and opening times of Speech Pathology Drop In Clinics

Attendance at a Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinic provides parents in the ACT with an opportunity to discuss issues about their child's communication skills with a speech pathologist.

Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinics are available for children 0-6 years who have a residential address in the ACT and have not had contact with the NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner, EACH.

Drop-In Clinics take the form of an informal discussion and screening of skills and is not a formal assessment.

No appointment is necessary, an approximate timeslot will be provided upon arrival. You should expect a waiting period to see a therapist, and this will vary depending on the number of people who attend the Drop-In Clinic. There are a limited number of people who can be seen within the Drop-In Clinic session and if the maximum number is reached parents will be advised to attend another Drop- in Clinic or contact the Intake Service.

A parent or guardian will need to accompany the child to the Drop In Clinic, if this is not possible, the person bringing the child must bring written consent from the parent or guardian.

Parents and guardians may attend any Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinic across different locations in the ACT. Click here for further information about dates and locations for Drop-In Clinics across Canberra. If further assessment is recommended following the Drop-In, a referral will be made to the appropriate service.

Please note we are unable to address concerns regarding feeding and swallowing issues at a Drop-In Clinic. If you have concerns in these areas please phone the Intake Service on (02) 6207 8884 to discuss a possible referral.

A written summary of the Speech Pathology Drop-In session is provided for parents.