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

Melaleuca Place Anniversary

Melaleuca Place | Making a difference

Some of Canberra’s most disadvantaged children are finding hope for the future through the work of Melaleuca Place.Melaleuca Place anniversary

In the year since it was established Melaleuca Place has made real ground in addressing the needs of children and young people who have experienced severe abuse or neglect, children who have endured really tough circumstances.

One child who is being supported through Melaleuca Place is Dean (not his real name) who grew up suffering extreme neglect and abuse.

He is only ten years old.

He has witnessed domestic violence and substance misuse. He has been physically and emotionally abused and worse.

Therapists at Melaleuca Place undertook an assessment and drew up a plan to address Dean’s short-term and longer-term needs.

In an approach that engages Dean’s support networks, including his teachers and carer, Dean is now exhibiting increased self-worth, resilience, emotional wellbeing, social skills and confidence. His engagement and performance at school has improved. This is how Melaleuca Place has a significant and lasting effect on lives of children and young people.

Melaleuca Place is a key initiative that supports the ACT Government’s A Step Up for Our Kids strategy, and is complemented by the deployment of therapeutic assessors who ensure all children in care receive a trauma-informed response.