WAIMH 2021 will be hybrid.

The WAIMH Congress in Brisbane will be a Hybrid Congress in that you will participate in the Congress in one of two ways. If travel allows, you can participate in WAIMH 2021 by attending the Congress live in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Congress Institutes

Running an Infant Mental Health Organisation: Models of Working

Chaired by Anna Huber (PhD) and Jane Barlow

This half day workshop, facilitated by the WAIMH Affiliates Council in response to feedback from Affiliates, will explore the realities, challenges and local solutions of running an infant mental health association.

Drawing on member examples from around the world, the workshop will present a variety of models of running an infant mental health association and share ideas about how common challenges might be addressed, including through our WAIMH connection.

Participants will gain an understanding of context specific as well as common needs and how different organisations have responded to these needs.

The first part of the morning will focus on presentations by invited Affiliate presidents or representatives, discussing how they have developed and responded to their social, political and economic contexts to build awareness, education and support for infant mental health.

Presenters from each organisation will briefly describe their organisation’s history and current structure, the size and range of backgrounds of their membership, how the organisation is funded and their financial circumstances, activities they engage in to carry out their aims, their main operational challenges and the advantages of WAIMH Affiliation.

After a coffee break, the second part of the morning will involve moderated discussion about themes that emerge from the presentations. This discussion will also be informed by research from a study into the sustainability of IMH organisations currently being undertaken by the Alliance for Infant Mental Health.

Specifically, panelists and workshop participants will be invited to share innovative solutions and ideas to address common challenges such as:

  • Engaging and retaining members
  • Becoming financially viable and generating adequate income to carry out aims
  • Making the organisation sustainable over time

Finding ways to easily connect with other WAIMH affiliates and members to support these goals will also be discussed.

Current confirmed participating presenters and panel members include the following Affiliate Presidents (or their representative):

North America:

South America:

Piret Visnapuu-Bernad
Claud Bisaillon
Sheryl Goldberg
Clara Schejtman
Nicole Canin
Gally McKenzi
To be advised

Estonian Association
Quebec Association
Michigan Association for IMH
Argentinian Association for IMH (online)
Gauteng Association for IMH
Australian Association for IMH

Executive Director, Alliance for Infant Mental Health: Nichole Paradis

If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Anna Huber or Jane Barlow.

Continuing Cultures; Stories that generate Social and Emotional, Spiritual and Cultural Wellbeing for Infants & Families

Broadening and enriching WAIMH’s focus on understandings of strong, healthy children, families and communities is at the forefront of this Institute.

In this four-part gathering we will hear from cultural representatives and service providers whose focus is on infants’ social and emotional health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, in families in Oceania and in Asian families, including the diverse ways social, emotional and spiritual well – being are generated for the youngest members of their cultures. Commitments to practices that demonstrate cultural continuity will be embedded in these stories.

To conclude a multicultural, multidisciplinary panel will comment on commonalities and key differences in these stories. Recommendations to WAIMH are likely to emerge for it’s ongoing attention to and appreciation of diversity and richness in these and other continuing and dynamic cultures which demonstrate how their infants flourish and thrive.

Confirmed presenters include:
Prof Helen Milroy, Australia, Kathy Crouch, Australia, Epenesa Olo, a Pacific Islander from New Zealand, Monica Hagali, Papua New Guinea, Myrielle Allen, Fiji, Dr Hisakao Watanabe, Japan, Prof Prabha Chandra, India, Dr Tjhin Wiguna, Indonesia, Joyce Mok, Hong Kong, Dr Maree Foley, Switzerland. Prof Kai Von Klitzing, Germany, Prof Campbell Paul Australia