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

Helen Musa OAM

2020 - Advocate for the Visual and Performing Arts in Canberra and Australia

Helen Musa is a forthright and passionate advocate for the visual and performing arts in Canberra, and Australia. She is one of Australia's most respected and informed arts journalists.

Helen studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and started working in theatre arts and lecturing in drama.

She was appointed Editor of Muse in 1990 where, under her editorship, Muse became Canberra's prime monthly journal publishing quality articles and arts reviews about and for the ACT community. In 1996 she was appointed Arts Editor of the Canberra Times. In this position her influence in the arts reached far beyond Canberra, and she took full advantage of the opportunity to broaden national and international coverage and profile of the arts in the ACT. In 2007, Helen accepted an offer to become the City News Arts Editor.

In 1990 Musa convened the Canberra Critics Circle (CCC) now the longest established critics group in Australia and maintains a very active involvement in the circle.

Helen’s role as an arts editor and the establishment of the CCC have been crucial to the cooperative nature of the arts culture, which is particular to Canberra.