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Call for Nominations for WAIMH Board of Directors 

Current WAIMH members can now nominate candidates for one new Director by 31st December, 2019. Read more 

Brisbane Congress  June 7th-11th, 2020 

The Call for abstracts for #WAIMH2020 is closed! Thank you to all who submitted! Authors of abstracts will be notified in early December on the outcome of their submission, including presentation time & date details, if accepted. Accepted presenting authors has to register and pay by the presenter registration deadline of 16 March 2020, 11:59pm AEST.

Check out the WAIMH Brisbane congress website and mark up all the key dates. Early Bird registration is open until 16 March 2020.

Remember to renew your membership!

It's time to renew your membership and make your Dues 2020 here.

New WAIMH website 

We are pleased to present the new and improved WAIMH website to all visitors. The main goal for the website redesign has been to improve the ease of finding information on the website and improving the overall usability of the site. 

Please browse the new waimh.org and if you have suggestions on how to further improve, please email us at office@waimh.org or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Latest Perspectives

 August 30, 2019

Perspectives 2/2019 has been published

This Spring (2019) edition of WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health includes reviewed and accepted papers since the Winter (2019)edition. Each paper calls attention to and consideration of what WAIMH members and allied Infant Mental Health colleagues around the world are thinking, doing, and writing about. 

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August 21, 2018

Public Policy and Infant Mental Health

In 2016, the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) adopted its first formal public policy statement, drawing attention to issues specific to the rights of infants (WAIMH, 2016). The writers intended the document to serve as a stand-alone statement on behalf of infants, and a supplement to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which itself was a special addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the words of the WAIMH Board of Directors,

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July 26, 2019

WAIMH Presidential Call – Brisbane 2020

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 17th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), to be held from June 7 to 11, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. Brisbane will be a great place to meet!

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September 27, 2019

WAIMH 2020 Brisbane Call for Abstracts is open (Edit Oct 8th: EXTENDED until 27 October)

The WAIMH 2020 World Congress invites abstract submissions for oral, poster, workshop and symposium presentations. Submissions are encouraged across a wide range of themes of relevance to Infant Mental Health. All abstracts must be submitted online by midnight AEST 27 October 2019, 11:59pm AEST (Brisbane, Queensland)

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WAIMH's mission promotes education, research, and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational, and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.


WAIMH for You


WAIMH connects infant mental health specialists and professionals working within infant well-being. You can get access to internationally based clinical and scientific knowledge via membership journals. Join in our congresses and global communication network.

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WAIMH's Affiliates offer members a local community for networking, training,  continued education, enhancing diversity and affecting WAIMH policy practices through the Affiliate Council.

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Board Members

Our accomplished Board of Directors manages the business of the association and exercises all corporate powers in WAIMH's mission to promote the mental well-being and healthy development of infants throughout the world.

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The free to access Perspectives in Infant Mental Health is the professional publication of WAIMH and Infant Mental Health Journal is the peer-reviewed official journal of WAIMH. Both offer insight in their respective focus areas for members and professionals.

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WAIMH Statements

WAIMH publishes statements and position papers on issues it identifies as crucial for the development and actualization of Infant Mental Health.

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WAIMH offers four important awards in recognition of individuals from across the world who have made very important contributions to the infant mental health community in the course of their careers.

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Join Us

Join The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), a non-profit organization for scientific and educational professionals and become part of a global learning community and professional network that speaks for infants, young children and families around the world.

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