WAIMH 2020 Brisbane Call for Abstracts is now open

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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 7 October 2019, 11:59pm AEST (Brisbane, Queensland). Please note that the closing date for abstract submission will not be extended and abstracts will only be accepted if the presenting author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of 16 March 2020, 11:59pm AEST.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for WAIMH 2020 Congress should be emailed to program@waimh2020.org

Read more: https://www.waimh2020.org/call-for-abstracts.php

Abstract submission categories

Authors will need to select up to two of the following review panel themes for their abstract submission depending on which is the most applicable:

  •     Advocacy and infant mental health policy
  •     Antenatal and perinatal practices
  •     Attachment: research, security of attachment and disorders of attachment
  •     Caregiving contexts
  •     Cross cultural studies – Global strategies for infants, families and communities
  •     Early development, child health and mental health
  •     Evaluation and outcomes: scientific studies and early interventions
  •     Infant mental health services, training, teaching, supervision and consultation
  •     Observation and assessment: diagnosis, treatment and clinical issues
  •     Parent-infant interaction and early relationship development
  •     Parenting and family process
  •     Prematurity and high-risk infants
  •     Problems, symptoms and disorders of the infant
  •     Problems with parenting and high risk families (e.g. adolescent parenting, parental substance abuse, family violence and child abuse)
  •     Promotion and prevention in community context

The keynote speakers

Jonathan Green led the first RCT of an infancy prodromal intervention for autism (iBASIS) and a post-diagnostic psychosocial intervention trial (PACT), which both showed reduction in autism symptom severity, sustained for 2 and 6 years respectively post-treatment. Clinically, he runs a specialist Social Development Clinic undertaking assessment and treatment innovation with ASD and other impairments of social development in children.

Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia but was born and educated in Perth. Currently Helen is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Professor at the University of Western Australia and Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Helen has been on state and national mental health advisory committees and boards with a particular focus on Indigenous mental health as well as the wellbeing of children.

Rosario Montirosso is chief of the 0-3 Centre for the at-Risk Infant at the Scientific Institute, IRCCS Eugenio Medea in Bosisio Parini, Italy. Since 2000 his research has been addressed to study of at-risk mother–infant dyads (e.g., prematurity, neurodevelopmental disability). Recently, he is studying the effects of early parental intervention and affective touch on epigenetics variations in infants at-risk.

Kate Rosenblum is a clinical and developmental psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan, where she directs Zero to Thrive, a multidisciplinary program focused on research, training, and service to promote the wellbeing of families with young children who have experienced adversity. Her work focuses on strengthening protective factors to enhance resilience.

Read more: http://www.waimh2020.org/keynote-speakers.php

Travel to Queensland, Australia

Queensland is a place humming with energy and possibility.  A land of surprising contrasts and textures – from prehistoric rainforests to reef-fringed beaches, sunburnt plains to urban laneways. You can eg visit the Great Barrier Reef. https://www.queensland.com/explore-queensland/great-barrier-reef

Spirits of the Red Sand

Connect with Aboriginal culture like never before in this thrilling evening experience. Journey back in time to the Australia of the 1800s, discover the spirit of the land and witness the drama and upheaval that took place as two very different cultures learn to live alongside each other. The story of Spirits of the Red Sand is told through song, dance, storytelling and effects in a thrilling and interactive show followed by a chargrilled barbecue feast. It is Australia’s Award Winning Aboriginal Live Theatre Experience. Read More: https://spiritsredsand.com/


The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) holds a Collection of over 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art, and stages a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions. QAGOMA is the home to the Children’s Art Centre which collaborates on interactive artworks with leading artists from around the world, and the Australian Cinémathèque, the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum.

Koala competition

We can’t wait to welcome you to our country, but before you come visit us, we want to see the WAIMH 2020 Koala in your home country!

We encourage you to take a picture of yourself with a Koala in your home country. Perhaps you and your koala could be in front of a famous landmark or even just your favourite spot in your Country.

The WAIMH 2020 Organising Committee invite you to take part in the WAIMH 2020 Koala competition!

You will go into the draw to win one of the amazing prizes below;

  • 1st place – Complimentary full registration to WAIMH 2020 Congress including ticket to the Congress Dinner (Voted by the WAIMH Organising Committee and awarded in early 2020)
  • 2nd place – Complimentary ticket to the Congress Dinner (Voted by the WAIMH Organising Committee and awarded in early 2020)
  • 3rd place – People’s choice award (Voted by the delegates of WAIMH 2020 during the Congress in Brisbane and awarded at the Congress in June 2020)

To enter the competition, follow the below steps;

  1. Find yourself a Koala. It can be either a clip on Koala, Koala plush toy, or even a printed image of a koala.
  2. Photograph yourself and your koala in a fun, creative, exotic or interesting location in your home country.
  3. Email the photograph along with the below details to Koalacompetition@waimh2020.org
  4. Your name, address, phone number and email address
  5. Name of the location the photo is taken in including country
  6. Post the photo on your social media accounts and hashtag #WAIMH2020Koalacompetition #WAIMH2020

Entries close 1 March 2020 11:59pm AEST.