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.

2024 AAIMH National Conference

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”.

External Event: Engaging Infants - An introduction to training in Infant Mental Health

The Infant Mental Health Program at the Royal Children’s Hospital is offering a two-day introduction to training in Infant Mental Health. Teaching faculty lead by Associate Professor Campbell Paul & Dr Megan Chapman, and drawing on multidisciplinary team of expert Infant Mental Health clinicians. 

Healing The Past

Join Professor Cath Chamberlain, to contextualise the important life course opportunity for healing the past by nurturing the future, as we emerge from these ‘colonial dark ages’ and share some insights into cultural practices that foster connectedness, and belonging from four years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led community-based participatory action research and co-design.  

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.