AAIMH WA Endorsement® Registry

AAIMH WA Endorsed professionals in Western Australia

(as at 20 July 2021)

The AAIMH WA Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®) recognises experiences that lead to competency in the infant and family field.

Infant Mental Health (IMH) Endorsement is cross-sector and multidisciplinary. It includes professionals from child and/or human development, education, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social work, and others. Endorsement® indicates an individual’s efforts to specialise in the promotion/practice of infant and early childhood mental health within his/her own discipline. 

By earning IMH Endorsement®, the West Australian professionals listed below have demonstrated that they have completed specialised education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences (as defined in Endorsement® criteria) that have led to competency in the promotion and/or practice of early social and emotional wellbeing. (See important policy notice below)

IMH-E® - Infant Family Worker
Hayley Cann
Narelle Pryer
Eileen Simms

IMH-E® - Infant Family Practitioner
Sue Coleson
Karen Griffin
Lisa Haines
Raylene Lewis

IMH-E® - Infant Mental Health Practitioner
Shannon Byrne
Lloyd Fernandez
Elspeth Myers
Annie Mullan
Elizabeth Oxnam
Nicole Wade

IMH-E® - Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical
Catherine Therese Gally McKenzie 
Rochelle Matacz
Lynn Priddis
Raffaella Salvo

IMH-E® - Infant Mental Health Mentor - Policy
Anne Lowagie


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AAIMH WA Endorsement® policy
Endorsement involves a standardised process to determine that a professional has accumulated specialised experiences in the infant and early childhood field and has signed a Code of Ethics. All applicants receive a copy of the Code of Ethics. An applicant’s experiences are documented by the submission of an application that details competency-based training, specialised work experiences, and for most, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) experiences. The application also includes official transcripts and three professional references.
Endorsees as Infant Mental Health Practitioner (IMHP) and Infant Mental Health Mentor (IMHM) have passed an exam that includes measures of theoretical knowledge, direct service skills, and their capacity to apply these principles into practice.This exam is scored by a team of two reviewers who are blind to the identity of the examinee.To maintain Endorsement also requires ongoing training and, in the cases of Infant Family Practitioner, IMHP and IMHM-Clinical, ongoing RSC.
Endorsees are also required to re-commit to upholding the Code of Ethics annually. Beginning in January of 2022, this commitment includes signing an attestation that the endorsee has not been sanctioned by a licensing board. 
Endorsement is not a professional license or a certificate. AAIMH-WA Endorsement cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional.  AAIMH-WA Endorsement does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed.  If AAIMH-WA becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual's professional licensing board. 
The AAIMH-WA Endorsement does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if AAIMH-WA learns that an endorsed professional has been sanctioned by a licensing board, the individual’s name is moved to the Inactive Endorsement Registry.  Those professionals will follow the policy for reactivation to the Active Endorsement Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.