Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc

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.




Registrations NOW OPEN! 2024 AAIMH National Conference

Registrations and call for abstracts are now open. This year’s conference will highlight the role of infant mental health as the building block for future mental health and wellbeing. Drawing on Winnicott’s seminal work conceptualising infant development in the context of the parent-child relationship and external systems, our conference theme will be “The infant, the family and the external world: Building infant mental health into the future”.


MBT Basic Training

3 day training with Celeste Benett (Clinical Psychologist) and Dr. Michael Daubney (Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist). This highly interactive training is the first step required towards becoming an accredited MBT practitioner.


Introduction to Marte Meo

Sally Watson became a Marte Meo trainer in 2010 and became a Licensed Marte Meo Supervisor in 2012. In this one-day face-to-face training, you will learn about the Marte Meo Method through a range of video demonstrations of parent-infant/child dyads. 


SA Free Event: Sensory Modulation for Babies

We are delighted to offer a fascinating presentation by Alison Cook on the use of sensory modulation in babies.


Sue Morse Scholarship Applications Open until 24 May

The Sue Morse Scholarship: Infant Mental Health was created to provide early in career Health Care Professionals an opportunity to experience clinical supervision to encourage and support the development of their clinical practice with infants and their families. In addition to reflective supervision to the value of $1000, the scholarship includes a one-year subscription to AAIMH. Applications are welcomed from across Australia. 


Training with Julie Larrieu

Professor Julie Larrieu, from Tulane University, Louisiana USA, will be presenting 2 half day seminars on Observing Infant-Caregiver Relationships and Partnering with Court Systems. She is a senior supervisor at the Tulane Infant Team, a multidisciplinary team providing intensive intervention to infants in foster care and their families. 

Support Us

Your donation will provide scholarships and other financial support to enable eligible students, practitioners and educators to access training and professional development in Infant Mental Health so they can better support families and advocate for Infant Mental Health.

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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.