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 Picture of Children and Young People in the ACT 2018 provides a comprehensive overview of national and local indicators relating to the health, wellbeing, learning and development of children and young people between the ages 0–25 years in the ACT.

This is the seventh time A Picture has been produced, providing policy makers with a robust evidence base for better practice and targeted policies that aim to improve outcomes for children and young people. Ongoing monitoring and analysis of trends helps in identifying areas where children, young people and their families need extra support to ensure holistic development of the younger generation.

Where possible, the report provides breakdowns based on a range of demographic information. This includes comparisons against age, sex, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status. These breakdowns can further support analysis and contribute towards more targeted interventions or approaches that lead to improved outcomes.

The inaugural report in 2011, highlighted that most children and young people in the ACT were faring well. This trend has remained fairly constant in the 2018 release, with performance steadily maintained across a number of wellbeing areas. The report continues to highlight areas where the ACT is achieving positive wellbeing outcomes and potential areas to target for improvement. These are summarised below under the three outcomes framework domains:

Children and Young People

Family, Kinship and Informal Networks

Formal Networks and Community Support

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