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

Patricia Mowbray OAM

2014 - ACT Australia's Local Hero

Few people have the compassion and commitment to adopt one child with special needs, much less four.  But for Patricia Mowbray, her chosen career in the disability sector has become her life’s work.

After training as a special education teacher, Trish and her husband Glenn learned they could not have children biologically, and decided to offer their love to a child with a disability.

The couple adopted Luke, who was born with Down syndrome, and Trish gave up full time work to care for their new son. Shortly after, they added to the brood with Peter and Paul, who also have Down syndrome, and Emmalee, who had a medical condition which has since been resolved. Along with raising her children, Trish has worked as a volunteer in various community organisations, and more recently as a disability projects officer.

While she admits life has its challenging moments, Trish says her children have taught her patience, resilience and to focus on the unique gifts that reside within us all.

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