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

Dr Helen Watchirs OAM


2016 - ACT Australian of the Year Nominee

For 33 years, Dr Helen Watchirs has dedicated her career and worked unstintingly as a volunteer to improve human rights and end discrimination. As the ACT Human Rights Commissioner for more than a decade and the Discrimination Commissioner for more than a decade, Helen has supervised the handling of more than 1,000 discrimination, vilification and sexual harassment complaints.
The ACT community has benefited from Helen’s diligent advocacy with better anti-terrorism, discrimination, mental health, guardianship, tenancy and criminal legislation. The ACT community has benefited from Helen’s diligent advocacy with better anti-terrorism, discrimination, mental health, guardianship, tenancy and criminal legislation.

Helen has audited detention centres for human rights abuses, driven debate to increase transparency and accountability of government and pioneered community education projects.

An expert on HIV and AIDS issues, her advice has been called on by the United Nations. After suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Supreme Court Judge and former ACT Attorney-General and Health Minister Terry Connolly, Helen took on yet another unpaid role as an advocate for organ and tissue donations.

Radiating quiet strength, Helen is driven to ensure Australia’s legal system is compatible with human rights.