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

131126

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

healthdirect

24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500


Births to Teenage Mothers


Indicator description

The annual number of live births to women aged  15-19 years old per 1,000 females in that age group.

What do we  measure?

The number of live births by age of mother and the ACT resident female population of that age.

Why is this  important?

Teenage pregnancy is recognised both in Australia and internationally as an important risk factor for both obstetric and perinatal outcomes and also poor social outcomes for both mother and child.

Policy Context

The ACT has one of the highest average ages for women to give birth for the first time in Australia, and one of the lowest rates of teenage mothers. However despite this, there is still a group of young mothers giving birth in the ACT who have a unique set of needs to support successful pregnancy and parenting outcomes. ACT Health provides a targeted service for these young women including the Step Ahead program. This program provides a model of antenatal care which facilitates vulnerable young pregnant women engaging with appropriate support and care.

How is the ACT progressing?

Source: Data extracted on 12 Jun 2018 04:46 UTC (GMT) from ABS.Stat © Commonwealth of Australia. Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia. The ACT has one of the lowest teenage fertility rates* in Australia.4 The fertility rate for teenage women has been consistently lower in the ACT than nationally. Between 2004 and 2016 the ACT teenage fertility rate remained significantly lower than the national rate.

The ACT fertility rate has significantly decreased in the last five years (2011-16).

* Fertility rate refers to the age specific fertility rate for 15-19-year-old females

4 ABS 2015, Births, Australia, 2014, cat. no. 3301.0.