Capital Chicks CANberra – new digital platform for the women of Canberra

Capital Chicks CANberra – New Digital Platform for women of Canberra

Diabetes ACT and NSW has launched their new online digital platform which supports the women of Canberra to live well.  Capital Chicks CANberra is a virtual community that assists local women to achieve their health goals, prevent gestational diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, as well as other lifestyle related conditions. Enrolment to the digital platform is free for women living in Canberra who are over the age of 18 years.

For more information check out the website here

Or check out this video.


Sleep Wake Research Centre – COVID-19 Resources








The Sleep Wake Research Centre has developed a number of resources providing information and advice on the importance of good quality sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, check out the Sleep During the COVID-19 Pandemic resources;

Sleep and mental health 

Sleep our built in immunity booster

Considerations for older people

Sleep for parents and their babies

Children’s sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic – Tips for parents 

Tips to support better sleep and daytime functioning 

Helping you get your medicine if you are confined to your home – Fact sheet








As part of the National Health Plan, telehealth can now be bulk-billed and Electronic Prescribing is being fast-tracked, with work to upgrade the doctor and pharmacy software well underway. It is expected to be ready by May 2020, but there are options immediately available to support telehealth services so you can get medicine sent directly to you at home.


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Phone consultations now available at SHFPACT !







Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) are available for telephone consultations for a range of sexual and reproductive health needs.

The following appointments can be booked via Hotdoc for a phone consultation.

  • Sexual health services:
  • STI (sexually transmissible infection) screening, when you do not have any symptoms
  • Initial PrEP consultation (new clients)
  • Follow up PrEP (continuing clients)
  • Menopause Centre Canberra:
  • Initial menopause consultations for new clients
  • Follow up menopause for continuing clients
  • Contraception and reproductive health services:
  • Repeat contraceptive pill prescriptions for existing clients

For other health services and information, please contact us by email (please include your phone number) or phone 62473077. Our staff will assist you to make an appointment with our doctors/nurses, or refer you to other clinicians as appropriate.

Update – changes to Women, Youth and Children Services











To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep families, babies and staff safe, ACT Health Services are making some changes to Women, Youth and Children services across Canberra.

Families whose appointments or treatment are affected by the changes will be contacted directly.

Early pregnancy and parenting support phone line where you can speak to a midwife about your early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns are also being established. Please check the website for updates on when this service will be available.

For the latest information on what’s changing visit

New COVID-19 Helpline








New COVID-19 Hotline call (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily

For more information visit

Drive through testing for COVID-19 at EPIC







The ACT Government is making testing for COVID-19 more accessible for Canberrans who meet the testing criteria, with the introduction of a drive through Respiratory Assessment Clinic. The clinic will be located at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) from Friday 20 March.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said the drive through clinic would complement the dedicated Respiratory Assessment Clinic already operating from the Weston Creek Walk-in Centre as well as the Canberra Hospital’s Respiratory Assessment Clinic. Read the full statement online 

Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for pregnant women and their families







The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has published advice and information for pregnant women and their families regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information contains knowledge available to the College now regarding risks to pregnant women and their offspring, advice regarding self-care during pregnancy and changes to the way that antenatal and postnatal care will be delivered. The full article is online: