(previously known as AAIMHI WA)

The West Australian Branch of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMH WA) is a professional interdisciplinary organisation.

We promote and support the optimal social and emotional development of infants and young children (from conception to 5 years of age) and their families, within the context of nurturing relationships.

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Our key focus is to support the West Australian workforce across sectors and disciplines in helping to give young children and their families the best possible start during the important early years of children's lives.


  • advocates for infants, young children and their families
  • offers regular seminars, training and networking opportunities for workers and professionals across sectors and disciplines in the infant, early childhood and family fields

  • focuses on building the capacity and capability of the WA workforce to enhance their knowledge and skills in social and emotional development during the early years (often called infant mental health - IMH)

  • is the first Australian IMH association to introduce and champion a workforce development framework based on evidence and research, describing the core knowledge, skills and abilities to work effectively with infants, young children and families.

The AAIMH WA Competency Guidelines and Endorsement®, adapted from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) Competency Framework® ,  are internationally recognised as the 'gold standard' in IMH. 

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Contact us

AAIMH WA, PO Box 1886, Subiaco WA 6904