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

Dr Helen Watchirs OAM

2020 - ACT Senior Women of the Year

Dr Helen Watchirs OAM was awarded the 2020 ACT Senior Woman of the Year.

Helen is a strong and practical advocate of human rights for people experiencing vulnerability, including women and girls, particularly those in ACT detention facilities. Prior to her appointment as President and Human Rights Commissioner of the ACT Human Rights Commission in 2016, Helen had served as the Discrimination Commissioner from 2004. In this work she has supervised over 1000 human rights and discrimination complaints and conducted multiple Human Rights Audits.

Her systemic advocacy has influenced ACT government reforms on gender diversity, mental health, racial and religious vilification, sex work, anti-terrorism and intimate image abuse.

Among numerous awards, Helen received the Order of Australia Medal for services to Human Rights in 2010 and was a finalist ACT Australian of the Year in 2016.