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17th World Congress in Brisbane, Australia

WAIMH 17th World Congress

June 23-27, 2021

We invite you to Brisbane, Australia, for the 17th World Congress, June 23-27, 2021. The conference theme is Creating stories in Infant Mental Health: research, recovery and regeneration.Australia is a land with a rich story-telling history. Come and join us to reflect on our shared infant mental health journey and create new stories together.

Brisbane congress website:

Congress website: The Registration is open. 
Contact email

Statements on COVID-19

April 29th, 2020

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been busy working to re-schedule arrangements for WAIMH 2020.  Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the WAIMH Executive Committee and Organising Committee have concluded that WAIMH 2020 must be postponed. The new dates for the 17th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health will be 23 – 27 June 2021.

The extensive planning and preparations for WAIMH 2020 are completely transferable to the new dates, by which time we anticipate that the thirst for knowledge and personal collaboration throughout the infant mental health community can and will be met with an extremely successful WAIMH Congress in Brisbane, Australia.

As part of the evolution towards a successful congress in 2021, the Congress Committee and WAIMH will keep in touch with delegates over the course of this year in the lead up providing updates and important information. Online materials and resources about how IMH can support families especially in this COVID-19 crisis will be shared. We welcome the opportunity for people to share their experiences from different countries around the world.

Given that the COVID-19 situation around the world continues to change rapidly, it is the intention of the WAIMH Organising Committee to work towards delivering WAIMH 2020 in Brisbane in June 2021. During the next 6-month period, the Organising Committee will be monitoring the situation regarding international travel restrictions and various country situations and are willing and able to adapt the delivery of the WAIMH Congress should a hybrid (face to face and virtual attendance options) or fully virtual Congress be required. 

April 24th, 2020

Hope you are safe! Thank you for your feed-back regarding the 2020 WAIMH World congress in Brisbane! We share your frustration for not having resolved the situation yet. Negotiating the questions have been complicated and have taken longer than anticipated, yet we have made progress. The situation globally due to Covid-19 is difficult to predict. Solutions are on the way and WAIMH will make a solution, which is of best interest for congress participants, WAIMH members and WAIMH as an organisation.  

April 17th,2020
Dear Colleagues,. The World Association for Infant Mental Health Board of Directors and the 17th World Congress Local Organising Committee have been closely monitoring the global situation. With the increasing global spread of COVID-19, consequent increased number of international travel restrictions along with changing public health measures globally, it is clear that the 17th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health regretfully cannot take place as planned in Brisbane, June 7 – 11, 2020.  We are considering several options for alternatives including rescheduling the 2020 meeting to a later date. We ask for your understanding as we finalise our plans in this constantly changing environment. Your patience is requested regarding registration fees as we will have further announcements in the coming weeks. For any travel booked, many airlines are offering cancellation fee waivers or credits. If you have already booked travel to attend WAIMH 2020, please check the terms and conditions with your travel provider directly. Because we are exploring options to meet at a later date, you may wish to wait until we have firm details to transfer your ticket to a future flight. For any questions or concerns regarding the postponement of the 2020 meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you very much for your ongoing support, patience and wish you and your families’ safety and health during this time of crisis.

March 19th, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the WAIMH 2020 Organising Committee have been considering the implications for the 2020 Congress in Brisbane. Ensuring the safety of delegates, speakers, industry sponsors, organisational staff and all stakeholders of the WAIMH Congress is of utmost importance to us. The WAIMH Organising Committee are working hard to look at options for the 2020 Congress and will have a further update released shortly. Further information will be provided via email, website and social media. The Early bird registration rate will remain available indefinitely. The early bird registration rate can be accessed via the online registration form.

March 9th, 2020

The WAIMH Board and Brisbane Organisation Committee are following the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic very closely. At the moment, Brisbane conference arrangements are proceeding as planned, but we are prepared and looking for other possible options. The WAIMH Board and the Congress Organising Committee are taking advise from the local and national Health Authorities in regards to COVID-19 is also paying close attention to new developments with the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and we’re following the guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Government Department of Health. Should the situation change, WAIMH will advise all delegates, exhibitors and partners through social media, email communication and the website. Further information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the World Health Organisation site, including daily updates, tips on travel and ways to stay healthy. 


Pricing for the Congress will be found from the Brisbane Congress website.

Remember, as a WAIMH member you will get reduced registration fee



Organizing Committee

The 17th World Congress is organized by the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI)