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

Jo Padgham

2019 - Contributions to the lives of Young Woman and Girls in the ACT

Jo Padgham has advocated for and made significant contributions to the lives of young woman and girls in the ACT as a previous principal and ongoing leader in the educational field.

Jo is an outstanding educational leader with a deep theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of best practice in literacy. She has been an active member of the professional organisation the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA), in a volunteer capacity, for 35 years. In this time, she has worked in a range of roles including State Director and National Vice-President. Her sustained commitment and dedication have resulted in positive changes to preservice teacher education, early career teacher programs, developing principals as literacy leaders and professional learning agendas. She is recognised and valued, in the ACT and across Australia, as an expert in literacy education having worked in public education as a teacher, deputy principal and principal.

Jo has made significant contributions to literacy education in the international arena. She has created long-standing connections with the International Literacy Association (ILA) presidents and board members to secure closer partnerships between ALEA and ILA.

In 2015, ALEA recognised Jo’s tireless and passionate work with Life membership of the Association. Jo continues to support the work of our local council to this today. In 2015, she was also awarded an ACEL (Australian Council of Educational Leaders) National Honorary Fellowship recognising her contributions to student and organizational outcomes, beyond her own context. In 2017 she was made an ALEA Principal Fellow to further recognise her commitment to the literacy education field.