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

Anne MacDonald

2019 - Contributing to the fields of Horticulture and Botany

Anne MacDonald has spent decades contributing to the fields of horticulture and botany. She moved to Canberra in 1957 having completed a BSc degree with majors in botany and soil science. Anne worked casually at the Australian National University as an educator in botany while raising a young family. She then went on to teach science at a secondary level with many of her students pursuing careers in science, technology and medicine. During this period she maintained a beautiful garden and contributed hundreds of plants to preschool and school fetes and the famous YWCA plant stall run by Mrs Pat Wardle.

Anne's career includes a period as the Education Officer at the Australian National Botanic Gardens where she encouraged an aesthetic, scientific and ethnobotanical interest in Australia's native flora. She also published a book on Australia's floral emblems.

On retirement Anne continued her passionate interest in politics and began her 27 years in volunteering with the Museum of Australian Democracy  Old Parliament House. As a volunteer Anne has proudly communicated the role of Australia's political women to thousands of international and Australian visitors. She believes that people must know the talents, courage and achievements of their earlier sisters in our democracy. The National Library of Australia has also benefited from Anne's volunteering during her 15 years of guiding and voluntary research. Working with senior women researchers and administrators, Anne helps advocate the contribution of women as they are represented in the national collection and exhibitions (please delete sentence). Additionally Anne has held administrative roles in the National Council of Women.ACT and the Older Women's network. ACT (now disbanded), and supported a neighbourhood veggie co-operative.

Anne was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society, in recognition of her contribution to science in the areas of horticulture and botany.