Please note ... AAIMH has a new website domain name ...

Welcome to AAIMH

AAIMH is a national organisation of professionals from many fields who work with infants, young children and their families. Our mission is to work towards  improving professional and community recognition that infancy and early childhood is a critical time for the development of emotional, physical and mental health.

AAIMH is affiliated with the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and contributes to international developments and initiatives.

AAIMH organises regular national conferences as well as workshops and seminars to enhance knowledge about social and emotional development in 0 to 3-year-olds and develop skills to assist families and communities to build nurturing and strong relationships with their infants and young children.

AAIMH works with other agencies on advocacy and educational initiatives, responds to Government inquiries and reports relating to infancy and provides information to members through its website and newsletter.

AAIMH also develops position statements and guidelines to support Infant Mental Health professionals and parents.


Infant Mental Health: Building Awareness

Infant mental health matters now more than ever. Protecting and promoting infant mental health is particularly important during this difficult time. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on families is putting some babies’ emotional wellbeing at risk and limiting the ability of vital services to support them. 

To assist in building awareness, understanding and promotion the Parent-Infant Foundation UK website provides a wide range of free resources including the Infant First 1001 Days Movement Stakeholder Tool Kit: 2020. The Tool Kit can be downloaded here


Resources for Practitioners and Families Affected by COVID-19

The Australian Association for Infant Mental Health recognises the distress, strength and courage of families with infants, toddlers and young children affected by the current global COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis is not over and many are facing continued uncertainty and anxiety. The families of medical and healthcare workers, families who have lost family members, have been or currently are unwell, lost their job or income, have recent experience of bushfires, alongside families currently in social isolation, quarantine and social distancing communities, are living with high levels of stress now for sometime. For many people, the hardest thing about this pandemic is being physically isolated from family and friends. The members of the AAIMH Board, along with AAIMH State and Territory Branch Management Committees hold you all in mind during these very challenging times.

See Resources here.



scheduled for

22-26 June 2021


Early Bird registration before 31 March 2021

Call for Abstracts is now open. Closing date is Monday 12 October 2020 (11:59pm AEST, Brisbane time).

For information regarding the 2021 WAIMH congress, please see the congress website

[Note: the 17th World WAIMH congress was postponed from 2020 to 2021]

Infant Mental Health Journal

The Infant Mental Health Journal is the official publication of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH). It is published bimonthly and is dedicated to interdisciplinary approaches to the optimal development of infants and their families. 

Activate your 60 days of FREE access to Infant Mental Health Journal - here


AAIMH MEMBERS ... are you receiving emails from AAIMH? If not, please check your SPAM box or Promotions folder as many email providers consider our emails to you as advertising or promotions and do not send it to your primary mail folders.

Early Relationships Matter

Click on this infographic and view the video links

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future
for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia.


Latest News

Click here to view more

WAIMH 2021 in Brisbane

WAIMH 2021 in Brisbane

The 17th World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress will be held 23-27th June 2021 in Brisbane!! The Congress theme, ‘Creating stories in Infant Mental Health: research, recovery and regeneration’, invites you to create stories that will help infants thrive to live compassionate, creative and productive lives, and to share those stories with the wider Infant Mental Health community from around the world.

Read More
Graduate Certificate Applied Mental Health Studies

Graduate Certificate Applied Mental Health Studies

HETI Higher Education is pleased to advise that for 2021 we will be offering our Graduate Certificate Applied Mental Health Studies course as a full-time option. This full-time course is Commonwealth Funded for Australian residents seeking to complete and commit to 4 units of study across either semester 1 OR semester 2, 2021. Study involves a 40 hour per week commitment that can be completed fully online.

HETI’s full-time Commonwealth subsidised Applied Mental Health Studies was rated as highly valuable by the 2020 participants. Why not build your mental health competencies in 2021?

Read More
Master of Mental Health Science Child Psychotherapy

Master of Mental Health Science Child Psychotherapy

2021 Master of mental Health Science - Child Psychotherapy Studies course
Many infant-parent workers from a wide range of disciplines may be interested in deepening and enhancing their work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents and this course is directly relevant to these needs. Our online course may be of special interest to those in rural and remote areas across Australia as it is easily accessible.

Read More

Upcoming Events

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) System Live ONLINE Workshop
Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) System Live ONLINE Workshop

This workshop will be run by a team of two or three faculty members with an emphasis on interactive exchange and hands-on practice. It will include new enhanced videos and case studies, small group discussions and role-playing using Zoom.
As this live online training is quite intense, we have developed this workshop to be held across three shorter days, with breaks and a variety of learning activities.

Pre-Training: Study including reading, videos and questions.
Day One: Sunday 9 August 2020, 1:30pm to 5pm
Day Two: Monday 10 August 2020, 9:15am to 3:15 pm 
Day Three: Tuesday 11 August 2020, 9:15am to 3:15 pm
Post-Training: Record five interventions on the 'NBO Recording Form' (including one videoed intervention) for review by the faculty.
​Attendance to all three days is required.
Presented from Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Online via Zoom and Talent Learning Management System.
Ticket Prices:  General Ticket $440 (including GST) Also available is the Recommended Book $80 (postage of $15) - "Understanding Newborn Behaviour and Early Relationships - the Newborn Behavioral Observations System Handbook" (soft cover) by J. Kevin Nugent, Susan O'Brien, Constance H. Keefer.

  All Bookings via:

More Info
Webinar: Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, 2020 Vision: Seeing through the eyes of babies
Webinar: Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, 2020 Vision: Seeing through the eyes of babies

International two- hour live seminar (via Zoom) led by AAIMH in partnership with AAIMH UK the Parent-Infant Foundation (UK) and WAIMH LOC. “2020 Vision: Seeing the world through babies’ eyes”.

Presenters: Sally Hogg, UK, Dr Elisabeth Hoehn, Australia, Professor Jane Barlow, UK

Time: 4pm West Australia, 5.30pm South Australia & Northern Territory. 6pm New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania & Australian Capital Territory. 9am United Kingdom.

More Info

Click here to view more