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

Melaleuca Place Fact Sheet Two


Melaleuca Place (ACT Trauma Recovery Centre) - Fact Sheet Three

What’s in a name?

The name chosen for the Trauma Recovery Centre is Melaleuca Place.

A Melaleuca tree is part of the myrtle/eucalyptus family and is an evergreen tree. Melaleuca is derived from the Greek word melas, meaning black or dark and leucon meaning white 1 .

Melaleuca’s are able to adapt to harsh and difficult conditions, they are highly fire tolerant and their leaves are known for their natural healing and soothing properties.

Historically, Melaleuca trees have had a wide variety of cultural uses. They have been used as a food source by Aboriginal people, in traditional aboriginal medicines and as an important source of water in the dry season1. The bark of some melaleucas was used to heal wounds and today the oils derived from the leaves are used in Tea Tree oil based products.

The Melaleuca species chosen for the site is Melaleuca Armillaris and a tree will be planted on the day of the launch by Minister Burch. This species is planted widely in Southern Australia and often used in domestic gardens. The planting of a Melaleuca tree on the day of the launch will symbolise the commencement of the service and the ‘grounding’ of the centre in the local area.

The use of the word ‘Place’ instead of ‘House or ‘Cottage’ was decided upon after consultation with young people from CREATE; the peak body representing children in Out of Home Care.

By using Melaleuca Place, and not having a reference to trauma or therapy in the title, the type of service being offered at this site is de-identified. It is hoped that this will reduce any stigma attached to children attending - as they can simply inform friends they are ‘visiting Melaleuca Place this afternoon’ or ‘MP’.

1 (Brophy, 2013)