Statement on COVID-19 – Update 24 March 2020

Dear colleagues, it has become obvious that our 17th World Congress cannot take place in June 2020. We are currently looking at the possibility of postponing the Congress in Brisbane to date before the end of June 2021. More information will follow soon.

Statement on COVID-19 – Update 19 March 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.

We thank you for your patience during this process.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia, and pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the importance of connection to culture, land, kinship and community to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families. We acknowledge the cultural practices and traditions still carried out today and being passed down to future generations.


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.

Following in the footsteps of previous WAIMH congresses, mutual exchange that crosses disciplinary boundaries will be at the heart of the 2020 Brisbane congress. We are looking forward to welcoming scientists and infant mental health experts from across the world, for an exchange of scientific research, clinical experience, theoretical ideas and socio-political ideas. We call on infant mental health experts to submit proposals in order to bring together diverse clinical experience, scientific knowledge and cultural views and to enable an international exchange among colleagues from international and interdisciplinary fields.

Brisbane is a green city with an enviable subtropical climate and diverse population known for its vibrant urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals, which makes it a relaxed place for us to meet. While you are here, consider taking the opportunity to explore further afield and visit some of the beautiful sights of our amazing country.

Kai von Klitzing,
President of WAIMH
Kaija Puura,
Executive Director of WAIMH

About WAIMH2020

Australia is an ancient land, created from many and varied stories. Indigenous stories of a deep connection to land, wind, water and Elders past, present and future. Stories of hardship, loss, and trauma; and stories of great courage, perseverance and mate ship. Stories of multiculturalism, refuge, hope and new beginnings.

The Congress theme, ‘Creating stories in Infant Mental Health: research, recovery and regeneration’, invites you to create stories that will help infants thrive to live compassionate, creative and productive lives, and to share those stories with the wider Infant Mental Health community from around the world.


WAIMH 2020 will be held in Brisbane, Australia. For more information click here.


WAIMH 2020 will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre located in South Bank in Brisbane. For more information click here.

Call for abstracts

The WAIMH 2020 call for abstracts will open in May 2019. For more information on the call please click here.


Registration for WAIMH 2020 will open in June 2019. For more information on registration click here.