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

Alison Taylor

2016 - ACT Australian of the Year Nominee (with Dr Michael Archinal)

Drs Alison Taylor and Michael Archinal are improving the health of dogs and people in remote Aboriginal communities.
Since 2011, Alison and Michael have made a twice-yearly trek from their veterinary surgery in Canberra to Utopia in the Central Desert, a 10,000 square kilometre region in the Northern Territory.

Leading a team of volunteers and at the invitation of traditional owners, Alison and Michael have desexed more than 1,000 dogs, treating thousands more for worms and skin mange.

The program has reduced the number of dogs in Utopia, while decreasing skin sores amongst locals by 87 per cent. Community members are very grateful for the help in controlling a major source of illness and stress.

Each trip takes great effort and cost to organise, with the $40,000 annual expenses covered through dedicated fundraising.

Despite flies, heat and onlookers, the pair have adapted their skills and adjusted their procedures to accommodate operating in a challenging environment, while  making an invaluable contribution to animal and human health in remote Australia.