An update from Australia

Bushfires are currently affecting some parts of Australia. Like all Australians, our hearts go out to the families and communities who are impacted by the bushfires. Our gratitude for the frontline services facing the fires head on cannot be expressed deeply enough.

On behalf of Committee we wish to reassure those of you planning to visit us in June for WAIMH 2020 that Australia is open for business!

It is more important than ever to support Australian Tourism providers. The best way to support Australia, Australian communities, and the tourism sector is to keep visiting.

Brisbane is completely safe and has not been impacted. Australia continues to welcome visitors and the vast majority of our favourite regions remain totally unaffected and ready for travellers to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you all in June for the best Congress ever.

For more information please visit the Tourism Australia website for continued updates. https://www.australia.com/en/travel-alerts.html?cid=DM52497&bid=25304607

If you would like to make a donation please click here for further information https://www.pmc.gov.au/registered-bushfire-charities

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.