Dr. Julie Stone has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Photo: Dr Julie Stone (photo used by Perspectives with permission from Dr Julie Stone)

Dr Julie Stone of the Victorian Branch, Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMH VIC), was recently made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to child mental health, and to psychiatry.

Julie Stone is an infant, child and family psychiatrist with decades of experience working with and for infants and families in distress. She has worked extensively with peri-natal and child and adolescent mental health services and community-based organisations, in Australia and internationally. Julie has also taught in infant mental health, child psychotherapy and child psychiatry courses in Australia. Julie was previously awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2000, and Australia’s first Zero to Three Fellowship in 2002-2003, in recognition of her leadership and commitment to the field of infant mental health.

As a consultant, supervisor and mentor Dr Stone inspires practitioners to deepen their practice, think creatively and build leadership confidence. She has actively participated in and fostered the Victorian Branch Committee group of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health, initiating the Ann Morgan Prize; facilitated the development of the Agnes Parent-Infant Unit in Gippsland, Victoria, drafting of The Thinking Framework; and supported the review and re-development of the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service in Shepparton, Victoria.

Internationally, Dr Stone conceived and developed the Urthando Doll Project in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa; consulted to the BRAC early childhood education programs throughout South Asia and psycho-social responses for displaced Rohingya children and families in Bangladesh; and lectured in the Tavistock Clinic Under 5’s Short Course in the United Kingdom.


Emma Toone, Australia