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


Here you can find information and links to services and organisations for women who are carers. Other relevant information can be found in the Disability topic of this directory.

ACT Services and Resources

(ACT Government) Disability ACT Information Service - provides a centralised contact point for people with disabilities, their families and carers, and other members of the community seeking information about disability matters within the ACT.
Phone: 02 6207 1086

(ACT Government) ACT Health Services External Link - provides a directory of information, referral, support and counselling to carers.

ACT Disability, Aged & Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) External Link - is an independent advocacy organisation helping people with disabilities, older people and their carers.

ACT Palliative Care Society Inc External Link - provides hospice and palliative care services and grief and bereavement support for the family and other carers during the life of a patient. This support for the family continues after the death of a patient.


ACT Communities Online External Link - provides access to many ACT community groups providing support to carers.

Belconnen Community Service External Link - provides a range of support services for families and individuals living in the Belconnen Region of the ACT.

Carers ACT External Link - is a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting family Carers. Carers ACT provides comprehensive support services including quality information, community education, advocacy and direct support services to unpaid Carers. There are 42,000 Carers in Canberra, 7000 of which are registered with Carers ACT. It is funded by both the local and federal government to ensure it can continue to support Carers across the ACT. Child & Family Centres ACT - offering free assistance with information, support and services for your family to help support your child’s optimal health, learning and development. For children from birth to late primary school age.

Citizens Advice Bureau ACT External Link - provides up to date information about the ACT and regional community, referral & support to all ACT residents.


Communities@Work External Link - is the Regional Community Service for the Tuggeranong and Weston Creek regions of the ACT providing a range of services to the community including Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

CYCLOPS ACT (Anglicare Youth and Family Services) External Link - provides a service for young carers and their families offering referral, case management, personal support, support groups, recreation, education, training, advocacy and brokerage. Young carers are young people under 18 who look after or help look after someone in their family with an illness or disability.

Friends of the Brain Injured Children ACT Inc  - provides information and financial support for children with a disability.
Phone: 02 6290 1984 or 02 6281 1439

Marymead Child and Family Centre External Link - is a local community-based child and family service that works to preserve and support families, and to care for children and young people who can't be at home.

Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) External Link - The peak body representing consumers, carers and the not for profit community mental health sector in the Australian Capital Territory. Community mental health services offered by ACT not for profit community agencies include home-based outreach, psycho-social rehabilitation, respite and housing, peer support, vocational education, health promotion and advocacy.

The Mental Health Foundation (ACT) External Link - Inc is a non government agency that delivers high quality services for people with a mental illness, with an involvement in mental health promotion at the community level, and a strong commitment to effective consumer participation in all of its activities.
Further information and contact details are available on the Mental Health Foundation (ACT) Inc

Inclusion Works External Link - Inclusion works (formerly Noah's Ark) aims to serve the needs of families and their children, especially those with a special need. It offers a variety of services for families and their children including:

  • A Toy Library with over 4000 quality toys and educational resources
  • General library service for children's services
  • Playschool for three year olds, including a program for special needs children
  • Facilitated Play and Learn sessions offering parents and children the opportunity for interactive play
  • A support group for parents/carers of children with special needs


St Vincent De Paul Society External Link - is a Christian based organization whose mission is to help people who are poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Assistance includes community programs such as home visitation, night patrol, crisis assistance, counselling and youth programs.

Community Services Services #1External Link is a community based, not for profit, non-Government organisation. It delivers a range of services, including support for families and for children with a disability, for families and individuals living in the local area and the wider Australian Capital Territory.
Phone 02 6126 4700

UnitingCare Kippax External Link - provides a range of support services and activities for local families caring for a child with a disability.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service External Link - is a primary health care service initiated and managed by the local Aboriginal community to provide a culturally safe holistic health service and support to the Aboriginal people of the ACT and surrounding areas.

Woden Community Service Inc. External Link - is a non-profit, community based organisation, which provides a wide range of services for families and individuals residing in the Woden Valley.


Commonwealth and National Services and Resources

Centerlink External Link - caring for someone who is frail aged, ill or has a disability? Centrelink supports carers with a range of payments.

Department of Health and Aging External Link - The National Respite for Carers Program allows carers of older people, people needing palliative care and people with disabilities to have a break to look after their own health and well-being, with the comfort of knowing that their dependants are well looked after.

My Aged Care External Link - my Aged Care helps you find the information you need about aged care services.

Continence Foundation of Australia External Link - provides you with general information about managing incontinence and where to seek further information and advice.

Diabetes Australia External Link - provides information for people caring for someone with diabetes.

Kidney Health Australia External Link - provides various links below for useful information for carers or families of someone with a chronic health condition

Young Carers Australia External Link - provides young carers access information, share caring ideas and stories, talk to other young carers, keep up to date on current news and events, and access some online respite.