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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.



The conference theme is Creating stories in Infant Mental Health: research, recovery and regeneration.
WAIMH 2021 was a hybrid format, and online access to the presentations (if registered) continues to be available until December 2021.


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

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

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.

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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. 

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Early Relationships Matter

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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.


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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.

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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.

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AAIMH Donations

AAIMH Donations

AAIMH is now accepting donations. Donations to AAIMH 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. AAIMH is a volunteer run organisation. 100% of donated funds will be used for scholarships and education. 

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Upcoming Events

Beyond 2020: New Paradigms in Parenting, Perinatal Mental Health & Wellbeing
Beyond 2020: New Paradigms in Parenting, Perinatal Mental Health & Wellbeing

Online Conference Presented by the Australasian Marc Society for Perinatal Mental Health & Tresillian Family Care Centres & supported by The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)

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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.

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