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

ACT Services

Information on a number of services that provide support for children and families in the ACT can be found within each of the below areas.

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Physical Health and Wellbeing

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Physio Drop in Clinic

Physio Drop in Clinic

Attendance at a Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinic provides parents in the ACT with an opportunity to discuss issues and seek information and advice about their child's gross motor development and posture, movement and walking with a Physiotherapist. If further assessment is recommended following the Drop-In, a referral will be made to the appropriate service.

Kids at Play Active Play

Kids at Play Active PlayExternal Link

Free capacity building program for Early Childhood Education and Care services promoting active play and teaching fundamental movement skills to children 3-5yrs.

Breakfast Clubs

Breakfast ClubsExternal Link

Good Start Breakfast Clubs provide a healthy breakfast and nutrition information for thousands of school children, who may otherwise go to school hungry. Red Cross can provide volunteers and Sanitarium can provide cereals.

Social Competence and Emotional Maturity

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Child and Family Centres

Child and Family Centres

The Child and Family Centres (Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen) are a ‘one-stop-shop’ supporting families during the early years of a child’s life. The Centres are staffed by professionals including social workers and psychologists, and are designed to provide a range of support programs to assist parents and children.

Child Development Service

Child Development Service

The ACT Government’s Child Development Service provides assessment, referral, information and linkages for children 0-6 years where there are concerns relating to their development. The Service also provides Autism assessment for children aged up to 12 years.

Language and Cognitive Skills (school-based)

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Libraries ACT

Libraries ACTExternal Link

Library membership is free and enables access to books, magazines, DVDs, digital books, music, computers and electronic resources. Children can join the library at any age. Libraries also provide programs for children including Giggle and Wiggle and Story Time. Giggle and Wiggle is about learning through language play - using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories specifically chosen for children aged 0-2 years and their parents. Story time is a session full of stories, rhymes and songs suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carers.

Communication Skills and General Knowledge

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Speech Pathology Drop in Clinic

Speech Pathology Drop in Clinic

Attendance at a Speech Drop-In Clinic provides parents in the ACT with an opportunity to discuss issues about their child's communication skills with a speech pathologist. Drop-In Clinics take the form of an informal discussion and screening of skills and are not a formal assessment. Parents and guardians may attend any Speech Drop-In Clinic across different locations in the ACT. If further assessment is recommended following the Drop-In, a referral will be made to the appropriate service.

General Services Supporting Children and Families

Supporting Overall Early Childhood Development


PlaygroupsExternal Link

Operate across Canberra on various days/times, some are targeted to certain groups.

Intake at Child and Family Centres-Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen

Child and Family CentresExternal Link

Parents are invited to visit their local Child and Family Centre, chat with a trained professional about parenting, ask questions and get information. Staff are available to speak with parents and service providers, either in person or by phoning your local centre. This service is free of charge and available without an appointment.


OneLinkExternal Link

OneLink gives you information and easy access to support services in the ACT, including child, youth and family services. You can contact OneLink directly by phone 1800 176 468 or

Playschool Programs

Play based educational preschool programs for 3 year olds. Some provide shorter days, half a week or two day a week options. Playschools provide a good transition to those who don't need a traditional child care setting, but who have a 3 year old that is eager to learn and socialise before preschool age.


ParentLinkExternal Link

ACT resource designed to increase parents' confidence and skills by supporting and linking them with a network of information, ideas and community services. Through the ParentLinkExternal Link website, families can access parent guides, service directories and links to events, courses and activities.

Child Care Finder – Department of Education and Training

Child Care FinderExternal Link

This Australian Government's online child care portal help you find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You can also search a database to find child care centres in your local area.