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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7-11th June 2020


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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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2018 AAIMHI National Tour

2018 AAIMHI National Tour

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Vale T. Berry Brazelton

Vale T. Berry Brazelton

Dr T. Berry Brazelton passed away on Tuesday 13th March 2018 just 2 months short of his 100th birthday.

A giant in the field of early childhood development, he devoted his life to studying, nurturing and advocating on behalf of babies, toddlers and their families. (Zero to Three)

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2017 Ann Morgan Prize

Congratulations Simone Wedgewood from WA who was announced the winner of the 2017 Ann Morgan Prize at the AAIMHI conference in Melbourne on Friday 24th November 2017.

Upcoming Events

IMH Awareness Week AUSTRALIA
IMH Awareness Week AUSTRALIA
Dyadic and triadic psychotherapies for young children and their families: Commonalities and differences
Dyadic and triadic psychotherapies for young children and their families: Commonalities and differences

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