Welcome to AAIMHI

AAIMHI 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.

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

AAIMHI 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.

AAIMHI 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.

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


AAIMHI 2018 National Speaker Tour

AAIMHI will be hosting a National Tour in September 2018
with Associate Professor Nancy Suchman PhD

Monday 3rd September - Brisbane
Wednesday 5th September - Sydney

Friday 7th September - Adelaide

Dr. Suchman’s research integrates perspectives from attachment theory, neuroscience of addiction and developmental psychopathology. Funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1995, her research has focused on developing and evaluating attachment-based parenting interventions for mothers with substance use and psychiatric disorders. In 2015, she completed the second randomized clinical efficacy trial testing the efficacy of Mothering from the Inside Out, a mentalization based psychotherapy that aims to promote maternal reflective functioning - the capacity to make sense of and manage emotional distress in difficult parenting situations and to make sense of young children's emotional needs in order to promote secure attachments.

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AAIMHI National Conference 2019

Wednesday 4th September - Saturday 7th September 




7-11th June 2020



The Fifth Infant Mental Health Association Aotearoa NZ Conference

Protection and Nurturance – Weaving the Mat for our Infants, their Families and Ourselves”
October 24-26th 2018 Te Papa, Wellington

For details and conference program see here


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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 2020 in Brisbane

The World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress will be held in Brisbane in 2020!!
Details to follow.

2018 Ann Morgan writing prize

2018 Ann Morgan writing prize

The Ann Morgan Prize invites writing contributions that illuminate something about the infant’s experience. Closing date for entries is 24th August 2018.

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WAIMH 2018 Award - Congratulations to Assoc Prof Lynn Priddis

WAIMH 2018 Award - Congratulations to Assoc Prof Lynn Priddis

The WAIMH award is given in recognition of significant contributions to the World Association for Infant Mental Health, either directly or through one of the WAIMH Affiliate Associations. The award was presented to Dr Lynn Priddis from Perth, Western Australia, for "her continuing efforts to promote infant mental health programs and practices and for her clinically oriented research". Congratulations Lynn!

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Upcoming Events

IMHAANZ conference 2018
IMHAANZ conference 2018
2018 AAIMHI National Tour
2018 AAIMHI National Tour

Mothering from the Inside Out: A Metalisation Based Therapy for Mothers in Addiction Treatment
Associate Professor Nancy Suchman, Yale University

Monday 3rd September in Brisbane
Wednesday 5th September in Sydney
Friday 7th September in Adelaide

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