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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 2017 National Conference

The Infant, the State, Ethics & the Law
23-26 November 2017
at University of Melbourne, Parkville
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Dr Wendy Bunston

Dr Wendy Bunston is a senior trainer and consultant, as well as associate teacher at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, and has worked in he child and family welfare sector for 30 years. Wendy previously managed the multi-award winning Addressing Family Violence Programs in the Mental Health Program of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital for 16 years as well as worked as a senior clinician and consultant family therapist.

Wendy’s recently completed PhD won the prestigious ‘Nancy Millis’ award and is titled “How Refuge provides ‘refuge’ to Infants: Exploring the ways in which ‘refuge’ is provided to, and experienced by, infants entering crisis accommodation with their mothers after fleeing family violence”. Wendy specialises in working with infants, children and their parents impacted by family violence. She provides clinical supervision and training to multiple early childhood services across Melbourne. She is a senior clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy and further post graduate qualifications in Organisational Dynamics and Infant Mental Health.

Wendy has authored multiple international articles, chapters and books regarding infants, children, family violence and relational trauma. Wendy’s book, “Helping Babies and Children to heal after Family Violence” and released this year, is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.                                                                                        

Prof Jon Jureidini

Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist who also trained in philosophy (PhD, Flinders University), critical appraisal (University of British Columbia) and psychotherapy (Tavistock Clinic). He is a professor in the Disciplines of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the University of Adelaide. He heads Adelaide University’s Critical and Ethical Mental Health research group (CEMH), which conducts research, teaching and advocacy in order to promote safer, more effective and more ethical research and practice in mental health; and the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit (PMHTU), providing training and support to medical students GPs, allied health professionals, teachers and counsellors in non-pathologising approaches to primary care mental health.

Jureidini learnt most of what he knows about psychiatry growing up in a pub, from being a father, from reading novels, and from Michael Leunig’s cartoons. He is chair of Australian-Palestinian Partnerships for Education and Health, and on the board of Siblings Australia, an organisation that advocates for individuals with ill and disabled siblings. His other published interests include cognitive science, ethics, quality use of medicines, immigration detention, suicide, and child abuse.

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The AGM will be held at 4:45pm on Saturday 25th November 2017
Melbourne University Law Building 106
David P. Derham Theatre, Level 1
Parkville Campus
185 Pelham St
Carlton VIC 3053

Read 2017 Agenda and Minutes of AAIMHI 2016 AGM here.

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Early Relationships Matter

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The Infant Mental Health Journal celebrates MI-AIMH's 40th Anniversary 

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, the IMHJ is pleased to present this special Virtual Issue of 10 IMHJ articles - classic and recent -  for free download. These articles are offered in recognition of those in the infant mental health community in Michigan and around the world who champion reflective, relationship-centred understanding for all infants, toddlers, their families and those who offer support and care.

The Virtual Issue is now live on the journal site!
View the articles on the IMHJ website.

All the articles in the virtual issue have been set free through to 31st May 2018


16th WAIMH World Congress, Rome, 26-30 May 2018

“New challenges for a 3rd millennium infant mental health”

Call for Papers and Registrations now open

Read more about the CONGRESS here

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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2017 Ann Morgan Prize

2017 Ann Morgan Prize

The winner of the 2017 Ann Morgan Prize will be announced at the AAIMHI conference in Melbourne on Friday 24th November 2017.

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AAIMHI National Conference 2017

AAIMHI National Conference 2017

23-27 November 2017, Melbourne

Challenges to Clinical Thinking: The Infant, the State, Ethics & the Law

The conference will celebrate the challenges and richness of clinical practice with infants and those who care for them, whilst exploring the often complex systems we live and work within.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Policy Series

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Policy Series

This series of ZERO TO THREE briefing papers on infant and early childhood mental health policy are designed to generate awareness, interest, and action among federal and state policymakers, behavioral health administrators, and advocates.

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Upcoming Events

AAIMHI NSW Regional Seminar Tamworth
AAIMHI NSW Regional Seminar Tamworth

AAIMHI NSW will present their regional 2-day seminar again, in Tamworth, on 15-16 November 2017. Topics include Brain development, attachment theory, impact of trauma, working with complex families, assessment, interventions, and case presentations.

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